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Don’t Reverse Health Reform’s Provisions That Boost Work Incentives, Eliminating the Medicaid “Cliff”

June 10, 2016

Health reform was an essential step to reduce the type of work disincentives that House Republicans decried as they rolled out their new poverty plan.  That’s because health reform’s Medicaid expansion lets the working poor earn more and still retain health coverage.

Before health reform, Medicaid coverage for poor adults was extremely limited.  Non-disabled adults could get Medicaid...


Arizona, Ohio Medicaid Proposals Jeopardize Coverage Gains

May 2, 2016

Ohio and Arizona, where uninsured rates have fallen sharply since they adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion, have now proposed Medicaid changes such as new premiums that would make it harder for low-income adults to...


Too Soon to Replicate Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver

April 18, 2016

Several states are considering adopting features of the federal waiver through which Indiana has expanded Medicaid — such as setting up accounts modeled on health savings accounts for each beneficiary, delaying coverage until beneficiaries pay premiums tied to their incomes, and ending coverage for some beneficiaries if they don’t pay their premiums.  But Indiana has had trouble implementing...

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Oklahoma’s Proposed Medicaid Cut Won’t Pass Federal Muster

March 10, 2016

Oklahoma’s Senate is considering legislation, which its House passed last week, to end Medicaid coverage for 110,000 very low-income parents.  But...

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Improving Health Care Access for American Indians and Alaska Natives

March 3, 2016

An updated policy for how the federal government helps finance the costs of Medicaid services for American Indians and Alaska Natives will improve the delivery of care and save states money.

Medicaid plays a critical role in providing health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives; a quarter of...

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New Video Shows How Medicaid Expansion Helps States

January 27, 2016

In just two years, health reform’s Medicaid expansion has helped states make big gains in health coverage, increase access to health care services among poor adults, and save money. 

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Louisiana Will Be the Next Southern State to Expand Medicaid

January 12, 2016

Louisiana’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, signed an executive order today to expand Medicaid as part of health reform, effective July 1.  That will make 292,000 uninsured, low-income Louisianans eligible for Medicaid coverage, according to estimates from the...

Status of State Medicaid Expansion in 2016

More Evidence of Medicaid Expansion’s Positive Effects

January 11, 2016

Poor adults in states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have greater access to health care services and fewer problems paying their medical bills, and hospitals there are admitting fewer uninsured patients, two new studies published in Health Affairs show.  These findings provide more evidence that Medicaid expansion is improving the health of beneficiaries, as well...

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Repealing Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Would Reverse Historic Coverage Gains, Harm State Budgets

December 2, 2015

The budget reconciliation bill that Senate Republican leaders will reportedly propose tomorrow would repeal health reform’s Medicaid expansion in 2018.  That would reverse the gains of the 30 expansion states (plus the District of Columbia) in providing health coverage to millions of their...

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Veterans’ Health Coverage Lags in States That Haven’t Expanded Medicaid

November 10, 2015

Nearly 120,000 poor veterans don’t have access to affordable health coverage because they live in the 20 states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion, our analysis of Census Bureau data shows.   


Poor Veterans More Likely to Be Uninsured in States That Haven't Expanded Medicaid