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Emergency Room Use After Health Reform: The Full Story

May 13, 2015

Most emergency room (ER) physicians report seeing more patients since health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect in 2014, a recent survey found.  Critics say this shows that health reform’s coverage expansions — particularly its Medicaid expansion — aren’t...

Nearly All Emergency Room Visits Are for Urgent Care

Medicaid’s Long-Term Earnings and Health Benefits

May 12, 2015

Children eligible for Medicaid later earn more as adults and have fewer emergency-room visits and hospitalizations, two recent studies highlighted in this month’s National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Digest show — and the benefits grow with each year of childhood Medicaid eligibility.  The studies are the latest in a growing...

CHIP Success Is No Reason to Convert Much of Medicaid to Block Grants

March 19, 2015

In proposing to convert much of Medicaid into two block grants, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi’s budget plan claims the Medicaid block grants would follow the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) model.  As we’ve...

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Medicaid-Eligible Children Grow Up to Earn More and Pay More in Taxes

January 21, 2015

People eligible for Medicaid in childhood earn more as adults, and thus contribute more in federal taxes, than other low-income people who weren’t eligible, a recent promising study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds.  And those benefits, which help offset the cost of providing Medicaid coverage, grow with each...

Adults’ Uninsured Rate Falls Further, Reflecting Big Gains Under Health Reform

January 8, 2015

The share of adults without health insurance fell again to 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, the lowest uninsured rate among adults since Gallup started collecting the survey data in 2008.

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Further Health Coverage Gains, Especially in Medicaid Expansion States

December 17, 2014

The number of uninsured Americans fell by 6.8 million over the first two quarters of 2014, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Interview Survey show.  These are the most up-to-date government survey data on the early impacts of health reform’s major coverage...

Low-Income Adults Favor Medicaid Expansion, New Survey Shows

November 13, 2014

Four-fifths of low-income adults surveyed in three southern states favor health reform’s Medicaid expansion, a new Harvard School of Public Health study finds.  The first quantitative analysis of potential enrollees’ views on Medicaid, the survey included residents of Kentucky (which has adopted the...

Census Data Show Improved Health Coverage in 2013

September 22, 2014

We’ve posted our full analysis of the Census Bureau’s new data on health coverage, which show that the share and number of Americans with health insurance improved slightly last year.  (Because the results are for 2013, they don’t reflect the coverage gains in 2014 resulting from health reform’s major coverage provisions,...

Coverage Gap Widening Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others

September 18, 2014

People in states that have adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion had a lower uninsured rate in 2013 (before the expansion took effect) than people in non-expansion states — and non-expansion states are falling further behind in 2014, several recent government and independent surveys reveal.

Some 14.1 percent of the people in the 27 states (including...

Census Data Show Continued Wide Disparities in Health Coverage

September 17, 2014

Certain groups of Americans continue to be uninsured at particularly high rates, the new Census Bureau data show.  African Americans and Hispanics, residents of the South and West, adults under age 35, and households with incomes under $50,000 had uninsured rates in 2013 well above the national...