Medicaid spending has varied greatly over time. This article uses financial and statistical data to trace the history of Medicaid
spending in relation to some of the major factors that have influenced its growth over the years. Periods of varying growth
are divided into eight "eras," ranging from program startup in 1966 through the post-welfare reform period. Average expenditure
and enrollee growth for each era are presented and briefly discussed. Finally, some factors are mentioned that are likely
to affect future growth in the Medicaid program.
Health Expenditures : Medicaid/statistics & numerical data/trends : United States : United States Health Care Financing Administration