Patients covered under both Medicare and Medicaid are considered to be a “target” population for policymakers, providers and health care suppliers.

According to the MEDPAC Advisory Commission, there are 9,972,300 dual-eligibles in the US. That number is surely an underestimate as CMS is several years behind in its data reporting for Medicaid beneficiaries. Affordable Care Act provisions have added to the dual-eligible population.

The top ten states account for 55.6 percent of all dual-eligibles. The top 20 account for 76.4%.

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