In 1970, 6.5% of the U.S. population was enrolled in Medicaid. What is this figure today?
About 22.5% of the U.S. population is now enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid also provides certain services to people who are not eligible for standard Medicaid coverage, like nursing homes for middle-class adults and childbirths for illegal immigrants. In 2013, Medicaid paid for 30% of all nursing home spending in the United States. In 2010, Medicaid paid for 48% of all childbirths in the U.S.