In 2014, Illinois accepted federal funds to provide health insurance to more low-income residents through Medicaid. Medicaid expansion gives Illinois residents with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,720 for a family of three in 2015) the chance to enroll in affordable health insurance. Our analysis finds that 53 percent of those who stand to gain health coverage because of Medicaid expansion are working.
States that expand Medicaid are making high-quality health coverage available to many hard-working people who would not otherwise have insurance. These individuals don’t qualify for regular Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance. We looked at data from 11 states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and found that the majority of residents who can benefit from expanded Medicaid are employed.
Want to know the three most effective ways to get eligible state residents enrolled in Medicaid faster? Learn about the enrollment options states can adopt to bolster and retain the number of residents in their Medicaid programs.
Explains three reasons why states should use data from SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) data to enroll adults in Medicaid without requiring a full application.
Shows how many people will be able to get affordable, comprehensive insurance through the new health insurance marketplaces and how many people the Affordable Care Act has helped so far.
In 2013, we reached out to many states that were actively engaged in the Medicaid expansion debate. These states faced an important decision: whether or not to accept federal dollars to provide health coverage to their uninsured residents through Medicaid.
Provides state-level data showing why hospitals are important to residents and state economies—and why Medicaid funding is essential to hospitals' bottom lines.
Shows the number of people in each state who have cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease and who rely on Medicaid, including breakdowns by racial and ethnic group.
Presents new national and state data showing how cutting Medicaid would harm seniors, people with disabilities, their families, state workers, and the long-term care infrastructure.
Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act
Discusses how stripping the maintenance of effort requirement from the Affordable Care Act will negatively affect Medicaid enrollees, their families, and their state economies.