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.
In 2014, New Mexico accepted federal funds to provide health insurance to more low-income residents through Centennial Care. Centennial Care gives New Mexico residents with incomes up to 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 find that 56 percent of those who stand to gain health coverage because of Centennial Care are working.