Medicaid Administration and Financing
posted by AHIP
on August 28, 2019
Nearly 75 million low-income Americans depend on Medicaid for health care. Medicaid covers Americans at all stages of life, including children and families, pregnant women, older adults, and people with disabilities.
Medicaid is the largest payer of health care services in the country.1 The program is a federal-state partnership, administered by states within a federal framework and funded jointly by the federal government and states. In 2017, total Medicaid expenditures reached $592 billion, with the federal share accounting for about 60 percent of total expenditures.1 As the primary payer for health care and long-term care services for low-income Americans, Medicaid represents a significant portion of state and federal budgets.