Medicaid By The Numbers

Medicaid by the numbers: An overview of Vermont’s $1.7 billion program

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VTDigger has conducted an investigation into Medicaid spending to identify factors driving up the cost of the program.


Medicaid by the numbers: Reforms, demographic changes drive up enrollment

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Data suggest that state expansion of access to income-based Medicaid programs increased the total number of adults who use Medicaid as either their primary insurance or as a supplement for traditional insurance.


Medicaid by the Numbers: Vermont pays top dollar for opiate addiction drugs, antipsychotics and antidepressants

Data shows that Vermont’s Medicaid program has historically spent high sums on drugs used to treat psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. If current trends hold, the highest payouts could be for specialty drugs that treat rare diseases.


Medicaid by the Numbers: As uninsured population drops, Vermont continues paying hospitals for free care

Since 2009, the state’s uninsured rate dropped from 9.8 percent to 3.7 percent. Meanwhile, payments to all Vermont hospitals for so-called charity care stayed roughly level.


Medicaid by the Numbers: Medicaid patient visits to rural hospitals increase by half in a decade

Medicaid patient visits to rural hospitals increased by 54 percent from 2002 to 2013, and Vermont Medicaid spending at hospitals tripled, putting pressure on both hospitals and the state.


Medicaid by the Numbers: Vermonters with disabilities and long-term care needs are the most expensive patients

Expenditure and enrollment data show that the cost of treating aging and disabled people is driving up Vermont’s Medicaid spending.


Medicaid by the Numbers: Money increasingly supporting state government, other health programs

An investigation by VTDigger shows that Vermont uses Medicaid money to fund everything from school nurses to UVM’s medical school and the state’s psychiatric hospital.