Continued Slow Growth for Medicaid Spending in 1997

This issue paper provides an overview of Medicaid spending in 1997. Beginning with a recap of spending and enrollment trends since the early 1990s, the authors report that Medicaid spending grew by 4.1 percent between 1996 and 1997, continuing the recent trend of slow spending growth. The paper includes detailed national and state-level tables of Medicaid spending and enrollment by numerous categories and over a range of years. It concludes with an analysis of the factors underlying recent spending and enrollment trends and offers some indications of where the program is headed in the near future.