Senior Policy Analyst
With several states close to deciding whether to take advantage of health reform’s Medicaid expansion for 2014, policymakers in these states should know that accepting the federal funds to expand Medicaid will bring particularly positive effects to rural America, our new fact sheet shows.
People who live in rural areas have less access to private health coverage than the rest of the country. This is because fewer employers in rural areas offer health insurance to their workers, and more workers are self-employed. States can take a big step toward plugging this coverage gap — while also boosting local economies — by expanding Medicaid in 2014.