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WalletHub: 2021’s States with the Most and Least Medicaid Coverage

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WalletHub, the personal finance Website, released its report on 2021’s States with the Most & Least Medicaid Coverage.

In order to identify which states rely most and least on Medicaid, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 12 metrics, ranging from total Medicaid spending per low-income population to adult care quality to the eligibility level of children.

The top 10 states with the most Medicaid coverage include: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, California, New York, Oregon, Louisiana.

The States with the least Medicade coverage include: Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wyoming, South Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, Nebraska, South Carolina, Idaho.

Key Stats:

  • Massachusetts has the highest total Medicaid spending per low-income population, $13,416, which is 3.9 times higher than in Georgia, the state with the lowest at $3,483.
     
  • Rhode Island has the highest total Medicaid enrollment per low-income population, 1.24, which is 3.4 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 0.37.
     
  • Vermont has the highest share of individuals diagnosed with major depression who were treated with and remained on antidepressant medication for 12 weeks, 73.80 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 39.20 percent.
     
  • Missouri has the highest total Medicaid spending as a share of the total state budget, 39.02 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 13.83 percent.

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