Spending on Social Welfare Programs in Rich and Poor States. Final Report.. Other Federal Social Welfare Programs
The state's Medicaid program plays a central role in South Carolina. It provides benefits to 20 percent of the population-including 40 percent of all children-and pays for 50 percent of all births. One-third of the state's senior citizens receive support from the program, and 75 percent of all nursing home beds are paid for by Medicaid.