The Role of Medicaid for Adults With Chronic Illnesses

This report and related fact sheets provide data on spending, utilization, and access to care among low-income nonelderly adult Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illnesses. Four fact sheets provide detail for beneficiaries with diabetes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and behavioral health conditions

The reports show that, despite relatively high prevalence of chronic conditions and, correspondingly, relatively high spending and utilization rates, Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illness report better access to care than their uninsured counterparts, many of whom may become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Understanding the current and future role of Medicaid for adults with chronic illness can aid policymakers in designing programs to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of enrollees.

Overview: The Role of Medicaid for Adults with Chronic Illnesses (.pdf)

Fact Sheets:

The Role of Medicaid for People with Diabetes (.pdf)

The Role of Medicaid for People with Respiratory Disease (.pdf)

The Role of Medicaid for People with Cardiovascular Diseases (.pdf)

The Role of Medicaid for People with Behavioral Health Conditions (.pdf)

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