Medicare Spending Growth for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Has Trended Down Since 2011

Individuals who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits — known as dual-eligible beneficiaries, or duals — make up a disproportionately high share of Medicare spending. While duals’ high level of spending is well established, less is known about how this spending has grown over time. Researchers compared rates of Medicare spending growth between duals and Medicare-only beneficiaries, finding that dual-eligible beneficiaries experienced steeper declines in spending growth over the 2007–2015 study period.        

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