Catch up day 14- Medicaid at 50: State Highlight: Washington DC

Washington, DC covers 255,861 people on its Medicaid program.

Don’t even start with any “DC is not a state” nonsense.

If you’ve been paying attention — that number in the first sentence is a lot larger than many other states. DC has a generous Medicaid eligibility and high rates of poverty making the program crucial for thousands of residents.

Unfortunately, that is subject to the control of Congress. This was most recently felt during the latest government shut down. There are safeguards to keep the program going without the need for Congressional action but unlike any other state the fate of the DC Medicaid program depends on cooperation between the parties in Congress. That’s unfortunate.

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