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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

Medicaid Expansion Helping Drive Further Gains in Kids’ Health Coverage

October 28, 2015

The uninsured rate among children fell to a historic low of 6 percent in 2014 as health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage finds.  That’s down from 7.1 percent in 2013 and...

Children's Uninsured Rate Hits Historic Low

State Medicaid Spending Still Growing Slower in Expansion States

October 16, 2015

For the third straight year, states that have expanded their Medicaid programs as part of health reform expect their state Medicaid spending to grow more slowly than states that haven’t expanded, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds.  It also finds that expansion has produced...

State Medicaid Costs Growing More Slowly in Expansion States

Michigan’s Proposed Medicaid Changes Threaten Progress

September 16, 2015

Michigan’s proposed changes to its Medicaid expansion, which are all unnecessary, would raise out-of-pocket costs beyond what beneficiaries can likely afford, while making the program needlessly hard for the state to administer.  Michigan’s expansion has been...

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Alaska’s Medicaid Expansion Takes Effect Today

September 1, 2015

Beginning today, low-income uninsured Alaskans can apply for health coverage because of Governor Bill Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid as part of health reform.  This makes Alaska the 29th state (plus the District of Columbia) to implement the expansion (see map...

Status of State Medicaid Expansion in 2015