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States’ Medicaid Spending Varies Widely per Beneficiary, GAO Says
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In fiscal year 2008, states recorded significantly varied amounts in Medicaid spending, according to a new Government Accountability Office analysis, Modern Healthcare reports.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) requested the analysis. According to the report, the spending differences among some states amounted to thousands of dollars. For example, in New York and seven other states, Medicaid spent about $10,500 on each beneficiary (Demko, Modern Healthcare, 7/16). The seven other states are: