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Slower Growth in Spending for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries who also qualify for Medicaid coverage — so-called dual-eligible beneficiaries — use more health care and incur much higher costs than those enrolled in Medicare only. But a Commonwealth Fund–supported study in Health Affairs led by Laura M. Keohane of Vanderbilt University Medical Center suggests that the spending gap between duals and Medicare-only beneficiaries does not appear to be widening.

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