A new Kaiser Family Foundation study shows differences in how much each state spends on Medicaid enrollees. Medicaid is a federally funded program providing health insurance for low-income individuals and families. Although states must meet federal core requirements, they also have flexibility to make policy decisions, including who is eligible for assistance, how providers are paid, and what benefits are covered. Medicaid spending can also vary due to availability of revenues, demand for services, and the dynamics of each state’s health care market.
The study found states spent on average $6,253 per full-benefit enrollee in 2010. Georgia had the lowest per-enrollee spending at $4,151, while New York had the highest at $10,509. Connecticut spent $8,116.