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Friday, July 15, 2011
Despite high costs, Hawaii Medicaid Spending ranks 41st in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 AM :: 8018 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

41st in Spending -- Hawaii


  • Medicaid spending per recipient: $4,312/yr
  • Federal spending as pct. of total costs: 58.5% (31st most)
  • Median income: $64,661 (4th most)
  • Heart disease rate: 4.9% (2nd lowest)
  • Annual cancer death rate (per 100,000): 150.8 (2nd lowest)

Despite the fact that the state has the fourth highest median household income in the country, Hawaii actually had a larger portion of its Medicaid bill covered by the federal government than poorer states like Illinois, Virginia and Nevada. Compared to most wealthy “blue” states, the group of islands spends very little on Medicaid.

Per beneficiary, the Aloha State spends less than half the national average on long-term care, which includes nursing homes and in-home care.

Despite spending nearly $1,000 less per beneficiary on Medicaid than the national average, the state has one of the healthiest populations in the country with the second-lowest rates of cancer mortality and heart disease in the country.


Read more: The States That Spend The Most (And Least) On Healthcare For The Poor - 24/7 Wall St.

Health Affairs: Differences In The Volume Of Services And In Prices Drive Big Variations In Medicaid Spending Among US States And Regions

RELATED: Hawaii Nursing Home Care costs 58% more than National Average


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