February 1, 2023
Inequities and SDOH | Payers
  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released two new analyses exploring the demographics of the 12.5 million dual eligibles and the spending associated with this population. According to the analyses, 87 percent of dual eligibles had an income of less than $20,000 in 2020, and 49 percent were people of color. Medicare spending per dual eligible enrollee in traditional Medicare was substantially higher than per capita spending for other Medicare beneficiaries – $23,235 for full-benefit enrollees and $18,427 for partial-benefit enrollees versus $9,448 for all other Medicare beneficiaries without Medicaid coverage. Medicaid spending per dual eligible enrollee was more than 7-times greater for full-benefit enrollees than for partial-benefit enrollees ($19,811 versus $2,683). (Analyses here and here)