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Medicaid: A Primer

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Medicaid; coverage; costs

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This primer provides an overview of the basic components of Medicaid, the nation's largest health coverage program, which covers 59 million low-income individuals, including children and families, people with disabilities and the elderly who are also covered by Medicare. Medicaid is also the dominant source of the country’s long-term care financing.