The population age 65 and older increased by 80 percent between 1975 and 2010 — and the high-risk population of age 85-plus tripled.
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But according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the number of people who needed Medicaid assistance after age 65 increased by only 18 percent during that time.
By contrast, the number of non-aged beneficiaries grew by 231 percent. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that increasing numbers of aged beneficiaries contributed only 0.6 percent of Medicaid expenditure increases between 1975 and 2002.
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