Direct Spending on Healthcare
The typical non-elderly single person in better health with Medicaid coverage spends $350 per year (4% of their $9,460 income) on health. This includes $100 (1% of their income) in out-of-pocket health spending, $0 (0% of their income) in health insurance premiums, and approximately $250 (3% of their income) in state and federal taxes that fund health programs.
Note: The average individual with Medicaid coverage has a $9,000 income, but accounting for negative federal tax liability, this person’s income would be approximately $9,460.
Additional Contributions by Employers.
In this scenario, we estimate that the employer is contributing an additional $150 in Medicare payroll taxes, not shown in the chart above. When combined, this person’s spending on health care and the money spent by their employer on their behalf totals $500.
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