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Dual eligibles account for nearly 40% of Medicaid medical outlays, Kaiser brief says
Modern Healthcare

With almost 9 million beneficiaries qualifying as “dual eligibles,” this population accounted for 39%, or $121 billion, of Medicaid spending for medical services in 2007, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. The dual-eligible beneficiary population is composed of low-income seniors and younger persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In 2007, 24% of Medicaid assistance to dual eligibles went to pay for Medicare premiums, cost-sharing, and other services covered by Medicare, the Kaiser findings showed.

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