New Fact Sheets Highlight the Role and Reach of Medicaid in Every State
A new collection of state Medicaid fact sheets highlights the role and reach of the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income, which covers more than 70 million Americans, many with complex and costly health conditions. The fact sheets for each state are accessible via an interactive map of the U.S. and display a wide range of data, including:
- How Medicaid affects health coverage and access to care
- How Medicaid works and who is covered
- What the state spends on Medicaid and how the program is financed
- What the potential implications are of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and restructuring federal funding through a Medicaid block grant or per capita cap.
The two-page fact sheets provide a snapshot of Medicaid in every state at a time when policymakers in Washington are considering a repeal of the ACA, as well as fundamental changes in Medicaid’s financing structure and federal funding more broadly. They complement the recently released “pocket primer” on Medicaid, which provides a national overview of the program, how it works, whom it covers and how it is paid for. Also newly available from the Foundation is the issue brief, Medicaid Financing: The Basics.