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Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Protects Middle-Class Families, Seniors, People With Disabilities and Children.

More than 88 million people, including nearly 40 million children, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP coverage. Medicaid includes people from all walks of life—they range from middle-class individuals who have suffered a catastrophic illness, to seniors receiving long-term services, to newborns and children.  

Insuring one in every five Americans, Medicaid is the largest single source of health coverage in the U.S. Combined state and federal Medicaid spending comprise nearly one-fifth of all personal health care spending in the U.S., providing significant financing for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, nursing homes, and community-based long-term services and supports. 

Medicaid provides crucial access to care, improving health outcomes when compared to those who are uninsured. This coverage is particularly important for vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities and children/children in poverty. Currently 41 states have expanded Medicaid, covering a greater number of individuals and families, with positively associated health outcomes for both adults and children, and reduced inequities in uninsured populations.  


April Is Medicaid Awareness Month

Medicaid is an essential part of the U.S. health care landscape, and Medicaid Awareness Month is the perfect time to highlight the services and benefits the program provides, as well as the people Medicaid covers. Join Families USA in promoting #MedicaidAwarenessMonth this April by sharing a graphic, resource, or blog post from below!

Did you know that states can request Medicaid funding to provide housing supports, justice involved health care, gun violence prevention programs and nutrition programs? This funding allows states to explore avenues that go beyond traditional health care, and value the health of the whole person, considering the social drivers of health (SDOH) and environments where people live, learn, work, and play.

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