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  • How much does your state spend on health care?
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    How much does your state spend on health care?

    In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson instituted two new independent, government-operated programs with the purpose of providing an affordable alternative to private health care for those in need. Medicare is a federal program intended for individuals 65 years old and older, or those with a significant disability, while Medicaid is intended for low-income individuals.

    In 2010, President Barack Obama sought to expand the latter of these through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. His successor, DonaldĀ Trump, and Trump'sĀ Republican affiliates have actively been trying to undo this work since his 2016 inauguration. While more than 113 million people are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid programs across the United States, there is a great deal of geographic discrepancy when it comes to the percentage of citizens who benefit from government health care.

    Stacker referenced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to find out which states were spending the most on health care. Since certain states have larger populations which correlate to a larger number of people in need of these programs, the states are ranked according to per-capita government health care expenditure. These numbers were calculated by combining total Medicare and Medicaid spending for each state, then dividing the sums by the state's total number of beneficiaries.

    Read on to discover where your state ranks in terms of health care spending.

    RELATED: Click here to see which states are best for health care.

  • #51. New Mexico
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    #51. New Mexico

    Total Medicare spending: $2,935,255,592
    Total Medicaid spending: $2,223,092,576
    Total beneficiaries: 924,955
    Average spending per beneficiary: $5,577

  • #50. California
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    #50. California

    Total Medicare spending: $59,998,777,292
    Total Medicaid spending: $38,901,972,412
    Total beneficiaries: 16,296,128
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,069

  • #49. Idaho
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    #49. Idaho

    Total Medicare spending: $2,137,037,117
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,052,715,489
    Total beneficiaries: 493,835
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,459

  • #48. Hawaii
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    #48. Hawaii

    Total Medicare spending: $1,872,636,794
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,473,582,722
    Total beneficiaries: 517,621
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,465

  • #47. Utah
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    #47. Utah

    Total Medicare spending: $2,726,866,046
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,597,408,201
    Total beneficiaries: 663,374
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,519

  • #46. Washington
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    #46. Washington

    Total Medicare spending: $9,532,564,419
    Total Medicaid spending: $5,838,655,102
    Total beneficiaries: 2,314,173
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,642

  • #45. Oklahoma
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    #45. Oklahoma

    Total Medicare spending: $6,521,921,210
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,923,624,614
    Total beneficiaries: 1,547,477
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,750

  • #44. Wisconsin
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    #44. Wisconsin

    Total Medicare spending: $9,124,815,191
    Total Medicaid spending: $5,729,666,584
    Total beneficiaries: 2,152,638
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,901

  • #43. Illinois
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    #43. Illinois

    Total Medicare spending: $21,251,557,639
    Total Medicaid spending: $11,397,533,427
    Total beneficiaries: 4,724,568
    Average spending per beneficiary: $6,910

  • #42. South Carolina
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    #42. South Carolina

    Total Medicare spending: $8,663,232,762
    Total Medicaid spending: $4,196,140,351
    Total beneficiaries: 1,834,744
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,009

  • #41. Colorado
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    #41. Colorado

    Total Medicare spending: $6,512,202,834
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,688,020,124
    Total beneficiaries: 1,436,538
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,101

  • #40. Alabama
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    #40. Alabama

    Total Medicare spending: $9,104,573,698
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,826,981,370
    Total beneficiaries: 1,805,194
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,164

  • #39. Arizona
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    #39. Arizona

    Total Medicare spending: $10,318,239,803
    Total Medicaid spending: $8,056,590,626
    Total beneficiaries: 2,550,891
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,203

  • #38. Arkansas
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    #38. Arkansas

    Total Medicare spending: $5,248,526,940
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,534,378,412
    Total beneficiaries: 1,210,749
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,254

  • #37. Maine
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    #37. Maine

    Total Medicare spending: $2,585,221,694
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,951,673,886
    Total beneficiaries: 624,719
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,262

  • #36. Vermont
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    #36. Vermont

    Total Medicare spending: $1,075,153,355
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,089,650,691
    Total beneficiaries: 296,425
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,303

  • #35. Oregon
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    #35. Oregon

    Total Medicare spending: $6,022,075,707
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,693,179,834
    Total beneficiaries: 1,329,858
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,305

  • #34. Montana
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    #34. Montana

    Total Medicare spending: $1,445,640,071
    Total Medicaid spending: $800,277,865
    Total beneficiaries: 305,552
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,350

  • #33. Iowa
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    #33. Iowa

    Total Medicare spending: $4,817,166,695
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,325,427,674
    Total beneficiaries: 1,103,678
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,378

  • #32. Nevada
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    #32. Nevada

    Total Medicare spending: $4,145,426,272
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,440,328,911
    Total beneficiaries: 755,614
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,392

  • #31. South Dakota
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    #31. South Dakota

    Total Medicare spending: $1,261,349,463
    Total Medicaid spending: $762,837,219
    Total beneficiaries: 271,478
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,456

  • #30. Louisiana
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    #30. Louisiana

    Total Medicare spending: $8,886,872,122
    Total Medicaid spending: $5,580,846,259
    Total beneficiaries: 1,938,742
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,462

  • #29. Georgia
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    #29. Georgia

    Total Medicare spending: $13,915,073,958
    Total Medicaid spending: $7,831,545,125
    Total beneficiaries: 2,837,858
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,663

  • #28. Texas
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    #28. Texas

    Total Medicare spending: $39,130,179,343
    Total Medicaid spending: $21,761,325,354
    Total beneficiaries: 7,904,887
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,703

  • #27. North Carolina
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    #27. North Carolina

    Total Medicare spending: $16,282,359,291
    Total Medicaid spending: $9,641,613,519
    Total beneficiaries: 3,330,515
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,784

  • #26. Virginia
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    #26. Virginia

    Total Medicare spending: $11,266,105,387
    Total Medicaid spending: $6,182,636,440
    Total beneficiaries: 2,233,108
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,814

  • #25. Kansas
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    #25. Kansas

    Total Medicare spending: $4,428,320,187
    Total Medicaid spending: $2,017,987,458
    Total beneficiaries: 823,527
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,828

  • #24. Indiana
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    #24. Indiana

    Total Medicare spending: $11,029,383,920
    Total Medicaid spending: $6,373,332,936
    Total beneficiaries: 2,206,092
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,888

  • #23. Michigan
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    #23. Michigan

    Total Medicare spending: $19,421,944,839
    Total Medicaid spending: $10,448,258,474
    Total beneficiaries: 3,780,739
    Average spending per beneficiary: $7,901

  • #22. Nebraska
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    #22. Nebraska

    Total Medicare spending: $2,805,886,197
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,686,526,091
    Total beneficiaries: 558,437
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,045

  • #21. Wyoming
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    #21. Wyoming

    Total Medicare spending: $750,026,491
    Total Medicaid spending: $595,984,494
    Total beneficiaries: 163,552
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,230

  • #20. New Hampshire
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    #20. New Hampshire

    Total Medicare spending: $2,158,507,520
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,081,218,614
    Total beneficiaries: 389,475
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,318

  • #19. Mississippi
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    #19. Mississippi

    Total Medicare spending: $5,808,151,598
    Total Medicaid spending: $3,773,880,760
    Total beneficiaries: 1,147,949
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,347

  • #18. Kentucky
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    #18. Kentucky

    Total Medicare spending: $8,318,610,670
    Total Medicaid spending: $5,261,034,081
    Total beneficiaries: 1,613,039
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,419

  • #17. Missouri
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    #17. Missouri

    Total Medicare spending: $10,963,837,198
    Total Medicaid spending: $6,606,388,438
    Total beneficiaries: 2,081,277
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,442

  • #16. Delaware
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    #16. Delaware

    Total Medicare spending: $1,734,478,994
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,562,931,058
    Total beneficiaries: 389,018
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,476

  • #15. Ohio
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    #15. Ohio

    Total Medicare spending: $22,096,095,786
    Total Medicaid spending: $16,044,575,888
    Total beneficiaries: 4,420,236
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,629

  • #14. Florida
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    #14. Florida

    Total Medicare spending: $45,508,407,782
    Total Medicaid spending: $16,304,791,863
    Total beneficiaries: 7,109,327
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,695

  • #13. Maryland
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    #13. Maryland

    Total Medicare spending: $9,931,475,655
    Total Medicaid spending: $7,336,188,365
    Total beneficiaries: 1,958,409
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,817

  • #12. Minnesota
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    #12. Minnesota

    Total Medicare spending: $8,125,324,584
    Total Medicaid spending: $8,417,020,471
    Total beneficiaries: 1,860,265
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,892

  • #11. West Virginia
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    #11. West Virginia

    Total Medicare spending: $4,014,841,689
    Total Medicaid spending: $2,721,116,267
    Total beneficiaries: 753,961
    Average spending per beneficiary: $8,934

  • #10. Rhode Island
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    #10. Rhode Island

    Total Medicare spending: $2,067,880,062
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,265,422,557
    Total beneficiaries: 368,304
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,050

  • #9. Massachusetts
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    #9. Massachusetts

    Total Medicare spending: $13,141,065,324
    Total Medicaid spending: $10,577,952,071
    Total beneficiaries: 2,591,386
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,153

  • #8. Alaska
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    #8. Alaska

    Total Medicare spending: $530,521,470
    Total Medicaid spending: $1,285,557,762
    Total beneficiaries: 195,421
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,293

  • #7. North Dakota
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    #7. North Dakota

    Total Medicare spending: $1,008,235,908
    Total Medicaid spending: $790,152,830
    Total beneficiaries: 187,508
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,591

  • #6. Pennsylvania
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    #6. Pennsylvania

    Total Medicare spending: $26,821,836,560
    Total Medicaid spending: $18,309,158,780
    Total beneficiaries: 4,572,834
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,869

  • #5. New Jersey
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    #5. New Jersey

    Total Medicare spending: $16,885,109,972
    Total Medicaid spending: $9,120,084,470
    Total beneficiaries: 2,605,471
    Average spending per beneficiary: $9,981

  • #4. Connecticut
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    #4. Connecticut

    Total Medicare spending: $6,863,105,954
    Total Medicaid spending: $5,945,751,704
    Total beneficiaries: 1,274,717
    Average spending per beneficiary: $10,048

  • #3. New York
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    #3. New York

    Total Medicare spending: $38,627,291,481
    Total Medicaid spending: $47,864,024,796
    Total beneficiaries: 8,392,992
    Average spending per beneficiary: $10,305

  • #2. District of Columbia
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    #2. District of Columbia

    Total Medicare spending: $999,384,731
    Total Medicaid spending: $2,092,711,337
    Total beneficiaries: 299,193
    Average spending per beneficiary: $10,335

  • #1. Tennessee
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    #1. Tennessee

    Total Medicare spending: $12,069,508,040
    Total Medicaid spending: $13,506,240,578
    Total beneficiaries: 2,438,863
    Average spending per beneficiary: $10,487

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