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The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research

This policy brief synthesizes the results of 29 studies in 23 states that examine the role Medicaid plays in state and local economies. These studies estimate the economic stimulus derived from Medicaid spending, and also analyze the adverse effects on the state economy from reducing Medicaid spending. This policy brief provides an overview of Medicaid financing, explains the methods used to assess economic impact and summarizes the main findings from the research.

Executive Summary (.pdf)

Policy Brief (.pdf)

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Previous versions:

April 2004 (.pdf)