Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Medical Subject Headings
Health Services Research | Primary Care
Summary: This topic reviews Medicaid. Medicaid is a publicly funded insurance in the United States that provides medical assistance for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. This entitlement program, known as Title XIX of the Social Security Act, was enacted in 1965. It involves a unique federal/state cost sharing formula with the federal government reimbursing states based on per capita incomes; states with higher incomes are reimbursed for a lower percentage of their costs than poorer states.
Citation: Baldor BA. Medicaid. In: UpToDate, Schmader KE (ed). UpToDate, Wellesley, MA, updated 2011.