Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy

Document Type

Symposium Article


From its beginnings as a modest health care companion to cash welfare assistance, Medicaid has become foundational to the American health care system. Medicaid’s success in insuring the poor while continually evolving in response to countless emerging health needs is the result of its public health character, which represents a fundamental departure from the eligibility and coverage strictures and norms on which other forms of insurance depend.