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Dual Eligibles: Medicaid’s Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries


This fact sheet describes the Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible population and related issues. Dual eligibles are low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. Information in the document discusses why this population needs Medicaid, what services they receive from Medicaid, and the current policy challenges related to dual eligibles, including the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.

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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

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The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation

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  • Release Date: 02/2006
  • Original Summary: 09/2008
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Last updated: January 19, 2009.