Senior Policy Analyst
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion has produced not only historic health coverage gains but other far-reaching positive effects as well, a large and growing body of research finds. That undercuts the recent statement of Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, that the coverage gains represent a “hollow victory of numbers covered.” For example:
Although no new states expanded Medicaid in 2017, at least one more state will likely adopt the expansion this year. For example, Maine lawmakers are working to implement the expansion after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative in November, and Virginia’s new governor has made Medicaid expansion one of his administration’s top priorities. Contrary to Administrator Verma’s false claims, policymakers in these and other states recognize Medicaid expansion’s many benefits for their residents.