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Alaska’s High Unemployment Would Compound Harm from a Medicaid Work Requirement

April 13, 2018

The Alaska Senate Finance Committee yesterday held a hearing on a bill that would take away Medicaid coverage from enrollees who don’t meet a new work requirement.  As we’ve written, most adults with Medicaid...

Alaska Natives Have Much Higher Unemployment Rate Than Other Alaskans

On ACA’s Birthday, 5 Charts Highlight Key Accomplishments

March 23, 2018

The United States has made historic progress in expanding health coverage since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010, as highlighted by the charts below (based on the latest available data). Uninsured rates have fallen dramatically across demographic groups; people receiving coverage through the ACA’s Medicaid expansion have better access to health...

Americans Without Health Coverage Fell to Historic Low in 2016

Study: Medicaid for Parents Boosts Preventive Care for Children

November 21, 2017

Children are much likelier to receive preventive care when their parents enroll in health coverage, new research published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal finds. Low-income children with parents enrolled in Medicaid are 29 percentage points likelier to get an annual well-child...

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Study: Medicaid Expansion Improves Low-Income Peoples’ Financial Health, Too

November 14, 2017

Medicaid coverage improves low-income peoples’ financial credit, new research shows by comparing states that have adopted the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and those that haven’t. Along with other research showing that Medicaid improves other aspects of financial health as well as physical health and access to care, the study...

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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

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