If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, it will also eliminate one of the law’s most popular and successful elements: the expansion of Medicaid to cover people with low and moderate incomes. This would be a terrible mistake.
If Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump are successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act early next year as they have pledged, what happens to Medicaid, which insures one in five Americans and one in three of the nation’s children?
The most obvious impact will be the end of the very successful Medicaid expansion. Repealing the health law means that millions of Americans will lose their health coverage, most of them hard working people in low-wage jobs—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
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A new study about emergency room use in Oregon is fueling the debate about whether expanding Medicaid as made possible under the Affordable Care Act leads to high emergency room use. To understand what the study says—and does not say—about the impact of Medicaid expansion, it’s important to keep in mind its limitations and consider data from other recent studies.
It’s been only two months since the Louisiana Medicaid expansion—dubbed Healthy Louisiana—went into effect, and already Louisianans are reaping the benefits.
New data show that Medicaid expansion has helped over 305,000 Bayou State residents get health coverage. But coverage through Healthy Louisiana means more than just an insurance card. New enrollees are using their coverage to get vital preventive care and treatment.
With this decision, CMS is making it clear that policies that make it harder for the lowest-income people in the program to get health care are inconsistent with the goals of Medicaid. The decision also defined some boundaries regarding what is and is not appropriate for approval through the Medicaid waiver process.
Last month, Kentucky asked the federal government for approval to make significant and troubling changes to its highly successful Medicaid expansion program. To justify its request, the state asserted that these changes would help “break the cycle of poverty.” However, the results would likely be the opposite.
The fact is, by providing health insurance and helping people in the program avoid medical debt, Medicaid coverage can actually improve the financial health of its enrollees. Two recent reports, one in April and one in June, offer new evidence supporting that link.
Governor Matt Bevin recently submitted his proposal to change the state’s Medicaid expansion to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for federal review and approval. A federal comment period will start soon. Many of the proposed changes are likely to harm the hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who currently have coverage under the program