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US Medicaid programme grows to cover 50 million low income people

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1303
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

Medicaid programmes in the US, which provide medical coverage for unemployed people and those on low incomes, climbed to 50.3 million enrollees in June 2010, an increase of 7.2% or 3.37 million people in a single year.

The bad economy and high unemployment, which nearly doubled from 5% to 9.5%, drove the increase in enrollment by 17.8% or 7.6 million people since the recession began in December 2007, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, an operating programme of the charity the Kaiser Family Foundation. The commission regularly compiles and analyses data …

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