Some health care pundits predict an uncertain, and perhaps less robust, future for Medicare once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

The same cannot be said of Medicaid. Its future will be one of growth as more individuals are able to find coverage. Now, an exhaustive study by Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Health Management Associates quantifies some of that anticipated growth.

Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were polled by Kaiser for the survey. Overall, the study suggests that Medicaid applicants and spending are going to increase, more so in the 25 states that have elected to take on the expanded Medicaid model. Still, there will be growth in the other 26 states.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.