State Spending Per Medicaid Beneficiary Varies by More Than Two to One

The study, published in the July Health Affairs, shows that states in the mid-Atlantic region of the country account for the highest Medicaid spending. Per beneficiary spending in the ten highest-spending states was $1,650 above the national average, most of which ($1,186 or 72 percent) was because of the greater number of services patients received. Spending in the 10 lowest-spending states was $1,161 below the national average, with service use contributing to only $672 or 58 percent of that amount.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    Notice the biggest spending regions are mostly in the Northeast. Medicaid in New York State is used as a type of economic development program. The state wastes money knowing that half of the money is federal matching funds.

  2. Joe S. says:

    I suspect there is no relationship between spending and health outcomes.

  3. Brian Williams. says:

    If the federal matching rate were equal across states, I wouldn’t care. So much for equal protection under the law.

  4. Joe Barnett says:

    If Medicaid is a federal entitlement, shouldn’t enrollees get similar subsidies regardless of where they live?

  5. Linda Gorman says:

    Medicaid has 9 optional populations and 17 optional services that may be covered. Every state Medicaid program is different. States determine reimbursement rates and therefore the federal match. Some hire consultants to help them maximize federal funds. Some pass taxes on health care to maximize their federal match even though it harms people who have to pay for their own health care.

    As a result the real fraction of of a state’s Medicaid program paid by the federal government varies quite a bit.

  6. Shereen says:

    You might want to look at the tax tables beorfe you tout the 95% number. You’ll be surpised. Here’s a clue: Withholdings . If you hadn’t noticed, EVERYONE got a tax cut during the previous administration. In fact, in terms of percentage, middle and lower class received a HIGHER tax cut than the rich . Improvements? The amount of tax revenue the government received was the highest in US history. You can verify that from the US Treasury if you don’t think it’s a Republican front. BTW, it’s not.

  7. Ksenia says:

    that’s old news. And a game of she said/he said is not one you want to play because you will lose badly with a quick yobutue/google search. But I can see how desparate you’re getting. You’ve shown your ignorance on every subject you’ve tried to argue, and you keep falling back on Palin like she was the end all-be all of Republicans. Don’t you have anything of substance?