Resource: Medicaid at a Glance

September 19, 2012  |  Foundation News

Research and Reports

Medicaid is the largest public health insurance program in the U.S., providing health care coverage to more than 60 million low-income individuals. The program is financed jointly by states and the federal government. To qualify for Medicaid, individuals must meet financial criteria and belong to one of the following eligible groups:  children, pregnant women, adults with dependent children, people with severe disabilities and seniors. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released a new fact sheet that provides a general overview of the Medicaid program, who benefits from this public health insurance program and how it improves access to health services.

Read the fact sheet.

Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of the REACH Foundation, recently wrote about the opportunity for states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to currently ineligible adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level. If Kansas and Missouri opted to expand Medicaid, health coverage would be available to nearly 500,000 individuals, reducing the uninsured rate and bringing additional benefit to the two states.

Read Brenda Sharpe’s column.