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How much does your state spend on health care?

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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