State Health Care Spending

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Policymakers want to better understand how much states spend on health care overall, how that amount has changed over time, what is driving it higher, and which policy approaches are containing costs while improving health outcomes.

State Health Care Spending Project Reports

These reports provide 50-state analysis of states’ spending on health care.

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Research & Analysis

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  • How States Provide Health Benefits to Retired Workers

    A recent issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the share of Medicare-eligible retirees who have employer-sponsored supplemental insurance is at a 25-year low, measuring between 16 and 25 percent depending on the national survey used. Read More

  • State Health Care Costs Vary Significantly

    When it comes to health care spending, states face a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens,  with obligations ranging from caring for their most vulnerable populations—the poor, elderly, very young, chronically ill, or incarcerated—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees as part of compensation packages.  Read More

  • State Health Care Spending: Key Findings

    Health care spending presents a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens for states, whose obligations range from caring for the neediest residents—those who cannot afford health care or health insurance on their own—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees who have negotiated it as part of their compensation packages. States spend, in the aggregate, hundreds... Read More

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