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Medicaid Financing: An Overview of the Federal Medicaid Matching Rate (FMAP)

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Publication Date: September 2012

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Author(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


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Topic: Government (Central or federal government)
Health (Health services administration)

Keywords: medicaid; federal; funding

Type: Brief


This paper provides an overview of the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP), the formula which is used to determine the federal government's share of the cost of covered services in state Medicaid programs. It also reviews the various temporary changes to the FMAP formula that have taken place over the history of the Medicaid program.