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5 Slide Series

Volume 11

Medicaid Cost Trends

The April 2014 edition of our five slide series focuses on historical Medicaid expenditure growth.  The size of annual Medicaid cost increases do not seem to be driven by fluctuations in the economy or by which party holds the presidency. However, a correlation exists between the degree to which state governments are collectively under Democrat political control and relatively high percentage increases in Medicaid program costs.  On a PMPM basis, data indicate an annual average cost increase from 2003-2010 very close to 5.0% for each of three major eligibility groups – children, adults (non-disabled, non-duals), and blind disabled (non-duals).    

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