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The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Economics (Economic conditions)
Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Medicaid; state; economy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This policy brief synthesizes the results of 29 studies in 23 states that examine the role Medicaid plays in state and local economies. These studies estimate the economic stimulus derived from Medicaid spending, and also analyze the adverse effects on the state economy from reducing Medicaid spending. This policy brief provides an overview of Medicaid financing, explains the methods used to assess economic impact and summarizes the main findings from the research.