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Spending on federal entitlement programs will more than double between 1991 and 2051.
Medicare and Medicaid account for the majority of federal healthcare spending
Medicare spending is expected to grow substantially.
Between 2006 and 2051, spending on federal health programs is projected to more than double.
Medicaid’s role in state budgets is unique, since the program acts as both an expenditure and the largest source of federal support in state budgets.
This budget explainer describes what Medicaid is, how it is financed, and who benefits from it.
Medicaid provides health insurance to low-income Americans. Children make up nearly half of the program’s enrollment, but most spending is directed towards the elderly and disabled.
Medicaid finances about one-third of all home health and nursing home care spending in the United States.
Medicare covers more than 40 percent of the nation's home health care bills and more than 20 percent of most other health services.