|The percentage of our population below poverty is significantly lower than the national average but the percentage of our population over 65 that's below the poverty level is slightly higher than the national average. All of these factors must be taken into consideration as we reform Medicaid. |
There are going to be demographic changes in our state. Looking at projections for the years of 2000 to 2030, there is a sharp increase in 2020 in the number of people over 85. There will presumably also be an increase in the number of people consuming medical services and going on Medicaid.
Again starting at about 2010—the baby boomers— the 65+ population goes up. We need to plan for those population changes along with things like improved health care and longer life spans.
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