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Expanding Medicaid a Less Costly Way to Cover Low-income Uninsured than Expanding Private Insurance

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Publication Date: June 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Elderly; Senior citizen

Type: Brief

Abstract:

Average medical expenditures per person are lower under public programs like Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) than under private insurance, according to new research published by Health Affairs.