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A health clinic in San Juan, Texas, that sees low-income patients. Eric Gay/Associated Press

Federal Medicaid spending grew by nearly 18 in 2014 over 2013, the National Association of State Budget Officers reported in a detailed analysis of state budgets. The federal government doled out nearly $42 billion to the states in new Medicaid dollars in the last year, helping to reverse a pattern set in the recession of shrinking state budgets.

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.

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