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Medicaid Expansion Has Improved People’s Health, Access to Care, and Financial Security

May 31, 2017

The low-income adults who gained health insurance because their state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are healthier and more financially secure as a result, a new study in Health Affairs shows. The...

Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Helping Low-Income People in Kentucky & Arkansas

Medicaid Expansion States Made Largest Veterans’ Health Coverage Gains

April 26, 2017

Uninsurance among non-elderly veterans fell from 9.6 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent in 2015 as the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, a new Urban Institute report finds.  The gains were greatest in states that expanded...

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More Evidence that Medicaid Expansion Hasn’t Hurt State Budgets

April 18, 2017

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not lead to significant increases in state spending on Medicaid even as millions of low-income people gained health coverage, a new study in Health Affairs found. The findings refute Medicaid expansion critics’ continued...


States Estimating Large Medicaid Cost Shifts, Coverage Losses Under House GOP Plan

March 20, 2017

The Republican health plan that the House plans to consider on Thursday would force states to spend billions more to maintain their Medicaid programs (including the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults) or, far likelier, cut hundreds of thousands of low-income residents off Medicaid, most of whom would end up uninsured, according to projections by a growing number of...

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Rhode Island No Model of How Medicaid Block Grant Would Affect States

March 3, 2017

Proponents of converting Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap are again claiming (see here and here...


Lifetime Coverage Limits Have No Place in Medicaid

February 15, 2017

Arizona will soon send a proposal to the federal government to place a five-year lifetime limit on Medicaid coverage for adults under 65 who don’t have a disability. The government should reject the proposed time limit, which would lead to coverage losses and increase hardship among Arizona’s...

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Affordable Care Act Repeal Puts Veterans’ Health Care at Risk

February 10, 2017

The uninsurance rate among non-elderly veterans has fallen by 42 percent since the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in 2014. Repealing the ACA, as congressional Republicans plan to do, would reverse these substantial coverage gains and exacerbate challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system....

Uninsurance Among Veterans Has Dropped 42%

Medicaid Expansion Helps Ohioans Access Care, Maintain Jobs

January 17, 2017

Medicaid expansion has generated dramatic gains in health coverage among low-income Ohioans, and enrollees report that coverage has improved their health, financial well-being, and job prospects, says a new report from Ohio’s Medicaid agency. The report provides a snapshot of what is at stake...

Ohio's Medicaid Expansion Led to Big Drop in Uninsurance Among Low-Income Adults

Repealing Medicaid Expansion Would Take Health Coverage from Millions, Strain State Budgets

January 4, 2017

Repealing the Medicaid expansion under health reform, as congressional Republicans plan to do in the coming weeks, would cause millions of low-income Americans who have newly gained coverage to become uninsured — including many who are now receiving treatment for critical health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and drug addiction. And the billions in lost federal dollars would strain state...

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Health Reform Spurring Big Veterans’ Health Coverage Gains

November 7, 2016

Veterans are enjoying large gains in health coverage since health reform’s major coverage provisions took effect, as their uninsured rate dropped from 11.9 percent in 2013 to 6.8 percent in 2015, an Urban...

Uninsured Veterans in Medicaid Expansion States Likelier to Have Pathway to Coverage