Description: Medicare, administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nations largest health insurance program. Medicare primarily funds acute-care (hospital and physician services) for retirees and people with disabilities, their dependents and survivors. Medicare Part A pays for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility care for several months following hospitalization, home health and hospice. Part B pays for doctors services and some other outpatient services, such as laboratory and other diagnostic tests.
The federal government spent almost $12.6 billion in Texas under the Medicare program in fiscal 1998.
Texas Expenditures: 1998$12,594,286,475
Includes Medicare Part A and Part B spending in Texas counties in fiscal 1998 according to the HCFA. Comparable data is not available for other years.
Type of Funding:
National Enrollment: 198732.4 million
Source: U.S. Health Care Financing Administration