Federal Medicaid outlays during the COVID-19 pandemic
from Kaiser Family Foundation
This data note analyzes federal Medicaid outlays in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, federal Medicaid outlays totaled $458 billion and grew at a rate of 12.0% in FFY 2020 compared to 5.2% in FFY 2019. This increase in the rate of annual outlays was largely attributable to accelerated growth in the second half of the fiscal year reflecting the onset of the pandemic and the beginning of enhanced federal Medicaid funds in late March. Month-to-month growth in federal Medicaid outlays also increased during this time period, reversing previous trends of slowing monthly growth.
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