- Nearly 55 million people get health care or nursing home care through the Medicaid program.
- In 2006, enrollment in the program grew only 1.6 percent. The improved economy meant not as many people were eligible for the program.
- About 4 percent of beneficiaries account for nearly half the program's costs, according to Kaiser. Many of those beneficiaries live in institutions.
- Medicaid now consumes about 18 percent of state budgets...