Medicaid is a health insurance program that is funded by federal and state governments to provide benefits for senior citizens, low-income and needy people, pregnant women, children, and people who are disabled.
President Trump has proposed reducing spending on Medicaid by $800 billion over the next ten years. His advisors say the cuts are necessary to balance the budget and focus on programs that don’t work well.
Medicaid currently covers 72 million people nationwide. It is also the largest payer of long-term care in the country; long-term care for senior citizens accounts for 42% of Medicaid spending.