Happy birthday, Medicaid!

The program that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law has lasted 50 years. Medicaid has become part of the fabric of American life, medical safety net that serves the Americans who are least likely to get health care coverage from any other source.

A long list of laws have adjusted Medicaid in ways that form consistent trends, experts say. The most recent additions—currently in their comments period—may offer clues to where the program is headed next.

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