Fact Sheet Federal Entitlement Spending on Adults Is More Than Triple Total Children’s Spending
Hannah Sumiko Daly, Cary Lou, Heather Hahn
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This fact sheet highlights selected findings from Kids’ Share 2022. It shows that federal entitlement spending on adults in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security is more than three times total federal spending on kids. While the share of the federal budget going to adult entitlement spending is projected to keep growing, children’s share of federal spending is projected to decline.

Research Areas Children and youth Families Education Health and health care Social safety net Taxes and budgets Economic mobility and inequality
Tags Child care and early childhood education Child Tax Credit Economic well-being Families with low incomes Federal budget and economy US tax issues Health care spending and costs Spending on children Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Research Methods Data collection
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