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Health Insurance Coverage Losses Since 2016 Widespread

October 22, 2020

The number and share of Americans without health insurance coverage rose for the third straight year in 2019, recent American Community Survey (ACS) data show, despite three years of strong economic growth and falling unemployment. This follows six straight years of health coverage gains, with...

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Uncompensated Care Costs Well Down in ACA Medicaid Expansion States

October 21, 2020

Hospitals’ uncompensated health care costs, which fell significantly as the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took effect, rose slightly in 2017 but remained well below their 2013 level, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and...

When Uninsured Rate Falls, So Do Uncompensated Care Costs

Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Rise

September 9, 2020

Medicaid enrollment rose 8.4 percent from February to July as millions of Americans lost their jobs or experienced sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession. That’s in the 30 states for which we have data, which if we extrapolate nationwide would mean about 6 million more people enrolled in Medicaid — and likely more, given continued increases in August in states with available data....

Medicaid Enrollment Rising Steadily in COVID-19 Recession

5 Million Essential and Front-line Workers Get Health Coverage Through Medicaid

August 4, 2020

With millions more Americans now jobless or experiencing sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, the need for Medicaid coverage is growing. Meanwhile, a major state budget crisis has already driven...

In Focus: 5 Million Essential Workers Get Health Coverage Through Medicaid

Pelosi Bill Includes Much-Needed Medicaid Funding for States

May 13, 2020

Update, May 15: we’ve updated this post to reflect amendments to the legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s coronavirus relief bill provides a much-needed Medicaid funding boost to help states preserve health coverage and address massive state budget shortfalls...

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Families First’s Medicaid Funding Boost a Useful First Step, But Far From Enough

April 21, 2020

Update, May 13: For revised estimates of the Families First provision based on newly available data, see this post.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s temporary Medicaid funding boost, if it remains in effect for all of 2020, will deliver about $40 billion in...

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Compare Apples to Apples When Evaluating Marketplace Enrollment Totals

December 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final count of people selecting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplace for 2020 is expected soon. Accurately assessing this year’s sign-ups will require some adjustment: this year’s sign-ups will match last year’s if they total roughly 8.34 million, about 110,000 below the 8.45...

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ACA Medicaid Expansion Drove Large Drop in Uncompensated Care

November 6, 2019

Note: An updated version of this blog with more recent data can be found here.

Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the...

In Focus: Uncompensated Care Costs Fall With Drop in Uninsured Rate

Census: Health Coverage Progress Eroded in 2018

September 10, 2019

The share of Americans without health insurance rose from 7.9 percent in 2017 to 8.5 percent in 2018, the Census Bureau’s new Current Population Survey (CPS) data show — the first increase since the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) drove historic coverage gains, particularly after its major coverage expansions took effect in 2014.

Additional new data from the Census Bureau’s American...

Progress in Reducing Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Eroding

On Its Anniversary, a Look at How Medicaid Helps People in Every State

July 30, 2019

Today is the 54th anniversary of the enactment of Medicaid, a program that helps millions of families and individuals across the country, as our state-by-state fact sheets show.

Medicaid helps low-income seniors, children, people with disabilities, and families get needed health care. Medicaid coverage improves families’ financial security by protecting them from medical debt and...

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