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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

Arizona’s Proposed Medicaid Waiver Jeopardizes Recent Health Coverage Gains

August 12, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion that would make it harder for low-income people to stay enrolled in health coverage.  Gov. Ducey’s proposal goes far beyond the flexibility that the federal government has granted to...


Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

August 3, 2015

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. ...

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Medicaid at 50: Kentucky’s Experience Highlights Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

July 23, 2015

Kentucky’s experience highlights the benefits that await states if they expand Medicaid under health reform.

Across the country, health reform has had the greatest impact in the 28 states (and the District of Columbia) where Medicaid expansion has taken effect.  These states have experienced the largest gains in insurance coverage, and...

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Alaska Expanding Medicaid to Boost Coverage, Save Money

July 16, 2015

Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced today that he’s taking executive action to expand Medicaid as soon as September 1, making Alaska the 29th state (plus the District of Columbia) to take the expansion under health reform.  That’s good news for the 40,000 Alaskans...


Medicaid at 50: Medicaid Expansion Opens Door to Health Coverage for Low-Income Adults

July 2, 2015

Health reform’s Medicaid expansion has made affordable and comprehensive health coverage available for the first time to millions of low-income adults, a group that previously lacked options for public or private coverage.

In Focus: Greater Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Adults in Medicaid Expansion States

Supreme Court Ruling Means No Reason to Delay Medicaid Expansion

June 26, 2015

Policymakers in some states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion said they wanted to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell before deciding whether to expand. ...