Direct Spending on Healthcare
The typical family of four in better health with Medicaid coverage spends $1,100 per year (3% of their $36,773 income) on health. This includes $250 (1% of their income) in out-of-pocket health spending, $0 (0% of their income) in health insurance premiums, and approximately $850 (2% of their income) in state and federal taxes that fund health programs.
Note: The average family with Medicaid coverage has a $29,032 income, but accounting for negative federal tax liability, this family’s income would be approximately $36,773.
Additional Contributions by Employers
In this scenario, we estimate that the employer is contributing an additional $400 in Medicare payroll taxes, not shown in the chart above. When combined, this family’s spending on health care and the money spent by their employer on their behalf totals $1,500.
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