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What portion of the U.S. population is regularly enrolled in Medicaid, the federal government's primary healthcare program for low-income people?

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The average portion of the U.S. population receiving Medicaid benefits for the entire year increased from 2% in 1966 to 22% in 2019. Medicaid also provides certain services to people who are not eligible for standard Medicaid coverage, like nursing homes for middle-income adults and childbirths for illegal immigrants. Thus, Medicaid pays for about 30% of all nursing home spending in the U.S. and 43% of all childbirths.

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