Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance to low-income individuals and families, including children and their parents, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Since its creation in 1965, the program has grown into the largest insurance program in the country, covering one in four Americans. The explosive expansion of the program jeopardizes its ability to finance and provide high-quality care for the people who need it most.
Over the past decade, Mercatus Center scholars have been studying the drivers of enrollment and spending growth and proposing reforms to ensure that Medicaid adequately meets the needs of the most vulnerable.
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