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Book and Media Reviews
June 28, 2006

Medicaid

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(24):2891-2895. doi:10.1001/jama.295.24.2893

Medicaid—the state-run, federally and state-financed program that provides health insurance to eligible low-income Americans—is crucial. More than 50 million low-income children and adults of all ages rely on Medicaid for essential medical, dental, and long-term care.1 But Medicaid also has troubling flaws. Eligibility rules and covered services vary widely from state to state. Availability and quality of care are uneven and often problematic. The costs stress state budgets. Moreover, Medicaid fails to cover a large proportion of people who are poor.

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