Medicaid 101: A Primer on the Health Insurance Program for Low-Income Americans

April 16, 2007

Medicaid is a joint state and federal program. It covers nearly 55 million individuals – children, adults with children, elderly and disabled individuals and cost nearly $300 billion in combined state and federal spending in 2006.

Whom does Medicaid serve? What benefits does Medicaid cover? How is it financed? What is the nature of the federal and state partnership?

To help address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured sponsored an April 16 luncheon briefing. Panelists included: Diane Rowland, executive director of the Kaiser Commission; Trish Riley, director of the Maine Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance; and Jeffery Crowley of Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated the discussion.


Full Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Speaker Presentations

Rowland Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF),
Riley Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Crowley Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Event Details

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

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