A majority of states are taking advantage of federal funds and expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several states have done so using Section 1115 waivers to modify aspects of their Medicaid program, like benefits, premiums, and cost-sharing. Our new Medicaid Expansion Waiver Center outlines what’s in state expansion waivers and gives state advocates resources for challenging potential harmful proposals.
Great news out of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families about how the Affordable Care Act is affecting health insurance for children. Based on analysis of data from 50 states, they found that the rate of children without health insurance has plummeted to a new record low.
As their Executive Director Joan Alker explained in her blog, the new report attributes this historic drop in the rate of uninsured children in large part to the ACA, “which for kids was building on more than a decade of success by Medicaid and CHIP working together.”
The off-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia aren’t dominating the Twitterverse like the presidential primary debates.
But the outcomes will determine the momentum of the ACA in the region that has been most resistant to expansion.
As enrollment assisters seek new populations to enroll in health coverage, people involved in the criminal justice system offer great potential for successful outreach.
Montana, the most recent state to extend its Medicaid program to more residents, is wrapping up negotiations with the federal government to determine the logistics of what this alternative expansion program will entail. Like several of the 31 states (including D.C.) that have opted to expand Medicaid, Montana chose to expand its program using an 1115 waiver. These waivers give states increased flexibility when designing their Medicaid programs.
In 2014, Kentucky accepted federal funds to provide health insurance to more low-income residents through Medicaid. Medicaid expansion gives low- and middle-income Kentucky residents the chance to enroll in affordable health insurance.
In 2014, Arkansas accepted federal funds to provide health insurance to more low-income residents through the private option. The private option gives Arkansas 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 58 percent of those who stand to gain health coverage through the private option are working.
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.