Medicaid was created in 1965 as a program for the poor. Today, it helps 74 million people — more than 1 of every 5 people in the U.S. You or someone you know likely benefits.
Sources: George Washington University study/Women’s Health Issues journal, The Kaiser Family Foundation
Big School Booster
Medicaid paid for nearly $4 billion in school-based health care services in 2015.
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Medicaid aimed, at its start, to insure healthy children and pregnant women. Children are still the largest demographic group served. How Medicaid coverage breaks down:
Where The Money Goes
But a look at who benefits from Medicaid spending shows a different story.
About 60 percent of non-disabled Medicaid adult enrollees have a job.
Source: The Kaiser Family Foundation
Balance For Mental Health
Medicaid is the single-largest payer for mental health services in the U.S. and increasingly picks up the bill for substance abuse treatment.
Source: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, 2015 data
Many adults under age 65 receiving Medicaid are well-educated.
Most Medicaid enrollees churn in and out of the program every few years, depending on their circumstances. Odds are 1 in 4 you might need this safety at some point over the year.
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Update: This story was updated on Nov. 17 to correct a statistic. Twenty-five percent of Americans will be on Medicaid at some point over the course of the year, not over the course of their lives.