The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic remains seared into the fabric of our society, with over 1 million lives lost, significant economic impacts, and a health care workforce that remains frustrated and in critically short supply. Early on, federal legislation prohibited states from disenrolling people from Medicaid in exchange for enhanced federal matching funds, which resulted in over 21 million additional enrollees by December 2022 (asamonitor.pub/3ZM6lCz). But how much do you really know about the program and its expansion during the pandemic and current state efforts at contraction?

So, what is Medicaid? It is a jointly administered federal-state program that provides health care coverage to low-income households. The program is needs-based and available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Medicaid came into existence as a part of the Social Security Amendment of 1965. Over the next decade, eligibility included elderly, blind, and disabled...

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