State Spending on Medicaid

Source: Maria Schiff, Pew Charitable Trusts, State Health Care Spending, July 29, 2015

Medicaid, the largest health insurance program in the United States and the primary safety-net insurer for many of the most vulnerable Americans, turns 50 on July 30. This milestone comes amid the biggest change in Medicaid since its inception because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Last summer, the State Health Care Spending Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, released a report looking at the fiscal impact of Medicaid on the states, including an analysis of cost trends and enrollment.

The following four graphics illustrate some of those trends.
1. Medicaid Spending per Person Grew Slower Than That of the Nation’s Overall Spending on Health Care…
2. Since 2000, Public Insurance Coverage and Uninsured Rates Have Increased, While Employer-Sponsored Insurance Coverage Has Dropped….
3. A Small Portion of Medicaid Enrollees Accounts for the Majority of Spending….
4. 49 States Spent More of Their Own Funds on Medicaid….