Health Care Coverage: Medicaid

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Background

Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly financed health insurance program for people with low incomes. It is a means-tested program funded jointly by the federal government and states, but managed by the states. The federal share of Medicaid financing is determined by the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula. The FMAP—which is set by federal statute— is derived by comparing a state’s per capita personal income relative to the U.S. per capita personal income. The formula, which has not been updated since 1965, is designed so that no state receives an FMAP of less than 50 percent.

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