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May 2018

A 50-State Look at Medicaid Expansion

Update 5/30/18: Virginia General Assembly passes Medicaid expansion.

Update 5/29/18: A ballot measure on Medicaid expansion will appear on the Utah ballot in November 2018 

One of the most important--and popular--provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. In the 33 states (including D.C.) that expanded Medicaid, many of those who benefit are hard-working people in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides. Here are basic facts about where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with states to watch. 

Opponents of the Medicaid expansion are trying to restrict who can get coverage through the use of special waiver requests submitted to the federal government. Learn more about which states are using these Section 1115 Medicaid waivers to modify their program.

View the methodology behind these numbers.