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Medicaid at 50: Cuts Poverty, Boosts Financial Health

July 27, 2015

Medicaid provides significant financial support to low-income beneficiaries in addition to improving their health, new research shows.  Medicaid lifted 2.6 million people out of poverty in 2010, equating to a 0.7

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Medicaid at 50: Expanding Access and Supporting Work

July 20, 2015

As the economy continues recovering from the recession, it’s important to recognize how Medicaid improves families’ health and individuals’ work prospects.  These points from our recent paper rebut two charges that critics sometimes make about the program...

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Medicaid at 50: Covering Children Has Long-Term Educational Benefits

July 7, 2015

Children eligible for Medicaid for more of their childhood are less likely to drop out of high school and likelier to earn a college bachelor’s degree, a National Bureau of Economic Research study finds.  The authors conclude:

Our estimates suggest that the long-run returns to providing health insurance access to children are

In Focus: Medicaid Has Long-Term Benefits for Kids

Medicaid at 50: For States, Flexible Rules and Reliable Funding

July 6, 2015

Debates over issues like health reform’s Medicaid expansion or proposals to turn Medicaid into a block grant often raise important questions about states’ role in Medicaid.  Here are two relevant points from our recent paper.


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

Medicaid at 50: Cost-Efficient and Effective Coverage

June 30, 2015

As states consider whether to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion and some federal policymakers promote radical structural changes to the program, such as converting it to a block grant or imposing a cap on federal funding, they should understand some vital facts about it.

Here are three:...

Historic Coverage Gains Under Health Reform

June 23, 2015

Days before a Supreme Court ruling that could undo much of health reform, new estimates from the CDC show historic gains in coverage in 2014, when the law's major coverage expansions took effect.

In Focus: Adults in Medicaid Expansion States Less Likely to Be Uninsured

Medicaid at 50: Celebrating Progress for Millions

June 19, 2015

Medicaid turns 50 on July 30.  We’re kicking off a blog series to recognize how this program has transformed health care for low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities.

President Harry Truman envisioned Medicaid as the...

Adults on Medicaid Have More Access to Care than Uninsured

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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