Medicaid.

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  • Author(s): Iglehart, John K.
  • Source:
    New England Journal of Medicine. 02/04/99, Vol. 340 Issue 5, p403-408. 1p.
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    • Abstract:
      The author discusses the history of the Medicaid health care system in the United States and how changes to the plan have effected potential beneficiaries of the health insurance coverage. The way that Medicaid was initially was drafted in 1965 made it a state run program for low income people, backed with federal funding. The national expansion in Medicaid's eligible population was driven by federal requirements to increase health care coverage for pregnant women and children, state efforts to cover more uninsured people of low income, and court-ordered expansions in coverage for the disabled.The growth in Medicaid expenditures, which almost tripled over the past decade, has slowed in recent years, with the smallest annual increase ever in 1997.