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Capitol Health Call
April 9, 2014

Where Medicaid Health Dollars Go

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Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2014;311(14):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3710

Nearly a third (31.6%) of state Medicaid expenditures are used by just 4.3% of Medicaid-only beneficiaries, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a February 19 report. The report, requested by Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), focused on Medicaid-only beneficiaries and not dual-eligible beneficiaries, who receive benefits from both Medicaid and Medicare (

In fiscal year 2012, Medicaid spent about $436 billion to provide health care services to about 72.6 million beneficiaries.

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