More than 21 million people nationwide have enrolled in Medicaid because of Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion opportunities. If Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming expanded eligibility in accordance with the ACA, 3.7 million people would gain access to health coverage next year.
Researchers determine that if the current non-expansion states were to expand Medicaid eligibility, there would be a 29 percent reduction in the number of uninsured people. With more people gaining access to health coverage, researchers say there would likely be reduced mortality and improved financial security for many.
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