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Medicare-Medicaid Policy Interactions

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Publication Date: March 2006

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for the disabled)
Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Entitlement Programs; Policy Changes

Coverage: United States


Because over seven million elderly and disabled individuals are entitled to benefits under both Medicare and Medicaid, policy changes in one program not only affect both coverage and spending in the other but also impact access to services by individuals eligible for both programs. This primer summarizes two key policy interactions and includes a quick reference table of the most significant linkages between the two programs.


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