The State(s) of Medicaid Expansion
Prior to the Supreme Court ruling on health reform, the Affordable Care Act mandated that states expand Medicaid eligibility to adults under age 65 who earn less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level. After the court’s decision, however, states are no longer required to expand the programs, making it unclear how many states will expand Medicaid, or what options they have to undertake partial expansions.
- A Health Affairs/RWJF policy brief reviews the Supreme Court’s decision and its implications, particularly for federal-state programs going forward.
- An RWJF State Health Reform Assistance Network report outlines the six main areas of financial analysis that all states should consider when deciding whether or not to expand Medicaid.
- An Urban Institute report finds that the approximately 15.1 million uninsured adults who could gain coverage under Medicaid expansions are a diverse group in terms of race, age and ethnicity.