Issue Brief
December 2014

Medicaid Expansion Helps Low-Wage Workers

Many of the hardworking people engaged in jobs we rely on every day—from childcare aide to bus driver to waitress—lack access to affordable health insurance. We recently examined data showing that many of these low-wage uninsured workers could gain health coverage if their states accepted federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

To date, 28 states (including D.C.) have chosen this option and expanded health coverage to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of poverty. (In 2014, that amounts to an annual income of $27,310 for a family of three).

In our analysis of data from the 23 states that have not made the choice, we found that more than half of residents who could benefit from Medicaid expansion are working adults—and that they work in occupations that make up the foundation of the state’s economy. So far we have examined data for these states:

Briefs (PDF): AlabamaFlorida | IndianaMissouri | NebraskaNorth Carolina | Pennsylvania | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Wyoming

Infographics: AlabamaFlorida | IndianaMissouri | NebraskaNorth Carolina | Pennsylvania | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Wyoming

Methodology: To access the methodology for each state, go to the Downloads box on the right and click on the state name.

The infographic below shows how bridging the coverage gap would benefit working adults.