Medicaid protects middle-class families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
One in every five Americans gets their health care through Medicaid. Medicaid includes people from all walks of life—they range from middle-class individuals who have suffered a catastrophic illness, to seniors living in longterm care (70 percent of all nursing home residents rely on Medicaid), to newborns and children. Learn about who benefits from Medicaid expansion.
Medicaid makes our health system stronger for all of us.
Medicaid insures one in five Americans and one in three of the nation’s children. Medicaid helps people afford doctor visits so that they can stay healthy. And it pays for hospital stays and long-term care. Medicaid helps doctors and hospitals, too. By paying for the health care needs of low-income people, Medicaid reduces hospitals’ burden of unpaid care. This helps hospitals and makes the health care system stronger for all of us.
Medicaid is a federal and state program that boosts state economies.
All states already participate in the Medicaid program, and half have decided to use federal dollars to expand Medicaid even further. That’s because they know that, in addition to helping keep health care costs in check, Medicaid adds jobs and helps state budgets.
And Medicaid is flexible. This efficiently run program lets states tailor benefits, within broad federal guidelines, to better meet the needs of their residents.
Families USA works to keep Medicaid strong.
We partner with states to help them expand Medicaid. We work to protect Medicaid funding at the state and federal levels. And we engage advocates to promote best practices and help states make changes that give residents good health coverage and high-quality care.
Research & Publications
- Short AnalysisMay 2015
What are uncompensated care pools (also known as a “low-income pool” in Florida)? And why are they getting attention now? This short analysis explains what these pools are and how they relate to the CMS process of approving Medicaid Section 1115 waivers.
- Issue BriefMay 2015
Several states are still considering expanding their Medicaid programs, and many will use Medicaid waivers for these expansions. This guide tells advocates when and how they can engage in the Medicaid waiver process.
- Fact SheetMay 2015
When members of Congress threaten to cut federal Medicaid funding, they ignore the facts about the program’s efficiency. Cuts to Medicaid or changes in its structure should be off the table.
- Issue BriefApril 2015
When states don’t extend Medicaid, Americans are hit the hardest. Our brief compares two neighboring states, Missouri and Iowa. Iowa has extended Medicaid coverage, but Missouri has not.
- Short AnalysisApril 2015
Outline of which states are considering or implementing waivers to create their Medicaid expansion programs—and how.
- InfographicApril 2015
This infographic shows the basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion in 2015, along with brief analysis of states to watch.
- Issue BriefMarch 2015
In communities of color, where rates of uninsurance and poor health outcomes are higher than in white communities, the differences between those who have insurance and those who lack it are stark.
- InfographicMarch 2015
This infographic shows which states have not expanded Medicaid and what percent of residents who could benefit in those states are working.
- InfographicMarch 2015
This infographic shows the populations—uninsured adults, parents with dependent children, working but uninsured adults, and uninsured veterans and their spouses—that would benefit from extending Medicaid.
- InfographicFebruary 2015
Top 9 Occupations of Working but Uninsured in Maine Who Would Benefit from Expanding Health Coverage
In Maine, more than 44,000 low-income residents lack access to health insurance. If Maine chooses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid, those who would qualify for health coverage are residents with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,720 for a family of three in 2015).