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Health Insurance Coverage Reduces Number of People in Poverty

October 20, 2017

This post has been updated on October 23, 2017.

Health insurance coverage reduced the poverty rate by nearly one-quarter in 2014, according to a new analysis in Health Affairs that factors the premium costs and benefits of health insurance into the poverty rate. That equates to lifting more...

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Census Data: States Not Expanding Medicaid Lag Further on Health Coverage

September 12, 2017

States that have adopted the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion had a much lower uninsured rate in 2016 than states that haven’t, and the gap continues to widen, new Census data show.

Some 6.5 percent of the people in the 31 states (including the District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid by January 2016 lacked health insurance that year, compared with 11.7 percent in the...

Uninsured Rate Gap Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others Widening

Share and Number of People Without Health Insurance Fall to Historic Low

September 12, 2017

The share of Americans without health insurance fell to an historic low in 2016, the Census Bureau’s new Current Population Survey (CPS) data show. In 2016, the third full year that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions were implemented, the large coverage gains that the ACA has generated continued to grow. Some 8.8 percent of people lacked insurance in 2016, down from its...

Americans Without Health Coverage Fell to Historic Low in 2016

Population’s Aging Would Deepen House Health Bill’s Medicaid Cuts for States

March 24, 2017

Due to the proposal in the House Republican health bill to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant, the aging of baby boomers would likely exacerbate the federal Medicaid spending cuts over the long run.

The Congressional Budget Office already estimates that the version of the legislation that the House Budget Committee approved recently would cut federal Medicaid spending...

Growing Share of Seniors Will Be 85 or Older

Historic Coverage Gains Under the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2016

Even as Republican congressional leaders plan to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our new paper shows that all groups in the nation have made historic gains in health coverage since the ACA’s major coverage expansions took effect in 2014.  Here are the main...

Large Coverage Gains Under Affordable Care Act

Census Data Show States Not Expanding Medicaid Falling Further Behind

September 13, 2016

States that have adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion had a much lower uninsured rate in 2015 than states that haven’t, new Census Bureau data show.  Moreover, the gap keeps widening.

Some 7.2 percent of the people in the 28 states (including the District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid by January 2015 lacked health insurance that year, compared with 12.3 percent in the 23...

In Focus: Uninsured Rate Gap Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others Widening

New Census Data Show Health Reform Driving Large Coverage Gains

September 13, 2016

The uninsured rate fell sharply in 2015, from 10.4 percent to 9.1 percent, today’s Census Bureau data show — the second straight year of sharp declines since health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect in January 2014.  It’s also the fifth straight year the uninsured rate has fallen since health reform’s enactment in 2010....

In Focus: Large Health Coverage Gains Since 2013

Medicaid Works: For States, Flexible Rules and Reliable Funding

August 16, 2016

This is the next in our “Medicaid Works” blog series, which aims to inform the debate over Medicaid’s future by providing the latest facts and figures on this essential and ...

Medicaid Expansion Raises State Medicaid and CHIP Spending by Only 1.6 Percent

Previewing a House GOP Leaders’ Health Plan, #2: Repealing the Affordable Care Act

May 10, 2016

The health plan that House Republican leaders are developing would almost certainly repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions, just as House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s budget proposed.  By eliminating the Medicaid expansion and health insurance marketplaces — and the subsidies to help those of modest means buy marketplace coverage — millions of Americans who gained...

Uninsured Rate Gap Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others Widening

Medicaid Improves Financial Well-Being, Research Finds

April 28, 2016

Expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under health reform improves the financial well-being of those newly eligible for Medicaid, a recent analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds.  Adults in the geographic areas within expansion states with the largest share of low-income, uninsured individuals have fewer...

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