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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...

Stethoscope on numbers
October 21, 2020

If the Trump Administration and a group of 18 states convince the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its Medicaid expansion — which covers more than 12 million low-income adults across the country — would end along with the rest of the law.

First Page of Affordable Care Act
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
October 21, 2020

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion has extended health coverage to millions of women, and at least 2.2 million more uninsured women could gain coverage if the 14 states that haven’t...

Share of New Mothers Who Couldn't Access Health Care Fell Sharply After Medicaid Expansion and Other ACA Coverage Extensions
October 6, 2020

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the lawsuit were to succeed, more than 20 million people would lose health insurance, and millions more would face higher costs for health insurance or health care.

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for November 10. As they...

Gavel and stethoscope
September 29, 2020

Tens of millions of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries face direct harm from a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which strengthened and updated both programs, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and Medicare’s payment systems.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments November 10 in California v. Texas, in which the Trump Administration and 18...

Parent and child wearing masks looking out a rainy window
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
August 27, 2020

States and the federal government have an immediate opportunity to expand access to care for people who have recently given birth — and they should seize it.

The country is confronting several simultaneous crises that affect pregnancy and postpartum health, including COVID-19 and the systemic racism that has driven racial disparities in health care access and outcomes. The federal...

August 18, 2020

Missouri and Oklahoma policymakers should follow the lead of other states and quickly implement their Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which their voters approved this summer. By moving quickly, policymakers will not only provide coverage to more than...

642,000 People Expected to Gain Medicaid Coverage in Missouri and Oklahoma
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