The Role of Medicaid and Medicare in Women’s Health Care


Infographic from JAMA Network (Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA. 2013;309(19):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4269) (

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy provides information about the role of Medicaid and Medicare in women’s health care: the proportion of US women who are covered by Medicaid and Medicare; how women comprise the majority of those covered by the Medicaid and Medicare programs and the majority of those receiving long-term services and supports (such as home health care); how women on Medicaid are poorer and sicker than women with private coverage; how Medicaid is a primary payer for women’s reproductive health services; and how women on Medicare spend more than their male counterparts on medical care and also have higher rates of health problems and social challenges.

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