The State Health Care Spending Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is examining seven major areas of state health care spending—Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, prison health care, active state government employee health insurance, and retired state government employee health insurance. The project will provide a comprehensive examination of each of these health programs that states fund. The programs vary by state in many ways, so the research will highlight those variations and some of the principal factors driving them. The project is concurrently releasing state-by-state data on 20 key health indicators to complement the programmatic spending analysis.
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Total U.S. health care spending grew relatively slowly in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, rising about 3.6 percent. By way of comparison, health care spending grew by an average annual rate of 7.3 percent from 2000 to 2008. Read More
For the first time in several years, state and local government health care spending grew relatively slowly in 2013. Read More
The report analyzes key factors driving prison health care costs and outlines strategies states are using to manage costs while preserving health care quality for incarcerated offenders. Read More