Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What happens when states won't expand Medicaid under ACA?

Although Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was originally mandatory for all states, it has now been ruled a choice, not a requirement. 6 states are still undecided, while 21 have already decided against it, the remaining 24 have decided to carry out the expansion. So what is the cost of not expanding?

An analysis prepared by the Urban Institute for KCMU, finds that if the 27 states currently not moving forward or still debating do not implement the Medicaid expansion, an estimated 6.4 million fewer people would gain coverage. They represent nearly two-thirds of the potential reduction in the uninsured tied to the expansion. The analysis also finds that the 27 states would have received more than 60 percent of the $80.6 billion increase in federal funding for Medicaid in 2016 if all states were to expand their Medicaid programs.

How will these state decisions help define the outcome of the Medicaid expansion? View the data from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation below:

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