State Reform of Medicaid Drug Programs

Policy Backgrounders | Health

No. 165
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
by Devon Herrick

Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides medical care to more than 60 million low-income individuals and families. Medicaid rolls in many states have risen over the past several years as a result of the recession and continuing high unemployment. Indeed, in 2011 the average growth rate in Medicaid spending was about 6.1 percent.

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