Researchers from Cornell and Harvard have found that children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Compared to their uninsured counterparts, children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely to complete high school, as well as attend and complete college. Medicaid or CHIP health coverage helps children perform better academically through adulthood, which can help them succeed in life.
Nearly every day, you encounter hardworking people engaged in a job that you rely on—a daycare aide who cares for your child, a cashier who rings up your coffee, or a carpenter working in your neighborhood. But if you live in a state that hasn’t expanded Medicaid, there is a good chance that many of these people—even though they are employed—do not have health insurance.
We recently examined data from the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid to determine how many of those residents who could benefit from expanded health coverage are working—and which types of jobs they hold.
A recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that, compared to Americans who live in cities, rural Americans are poorer and more likely to have jobs that don’t offer health insurance. The analysis, which is based on Census Bureau data, found that rural Americans are more likely to fall into what is called the Medicaid “coverage gap”—they have been left without affordable health insurance options because their state chose not to expand Medicaid to more low-income people.
Recent Hospital Earnings Data Show Stark Contrast in Numbers of Uninsured Patients in Medicaid Expansion States Compared to Non-Expansion States
There is now more proof that hospitals have an enormous financial stake in state decisions about expanding health coverage to low-income families.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, about half the states have chosen to expand health coverage to low-income families, taking advantage of federal matching funds to pay for a Medicaid expansion. This expansion has provided health insurance and financial security to millions of people while also injecting needed federal dollars into local economies. But for the states that have rejected the option to expand health coverage, the economic consequences are wide-ranging.
As legislative sessions nationwide come to an end, a look at this map shows that every New England state has voted to expand Medicaid, extending health coverage to thousands of its low-income residents.
Except one: Maine.
This month we celebrate Mother’s Day. And here at Families USA, we can think of no better way to honor moms everywhere than by making sure moms, their children, and their families have access to affordable health coverage. This year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health coverage is available to more moms and the people they care about than ever before. Luckily, even though the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period has ended, enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP doesn’t end with open enrollment.
Two reports released this week confirm that the goals of the Affordable Care Act—comprehensive, affordable health coverage for all Americans—are making a dent in the numbers of uninsured and of those who die prematurely from lack of quality health care. This good news provides a stark contrast to those who live in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid—where uninsured low-income populations continue to suffer from the effects of not having access to health care.
Federal funding for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires in September 2015. At a time when we are expanding health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, we must also ensure that CHIP—which, as of June 2013, provided health coverage to 5.7 million low-income children—continues well beyond next year. If Congress does not extend CHIP in 2015, millions of children will be left without affordable health insurance.
Congressman Paul Ryan released his budget proposal today for Fiscal Year 2015, outlining the funding and policy priorities for House Republicans. As in past years, this budget cuts a large chunk of health care funding, causing irreparable harm to millions of Americans who rely on Medicare, Medicaid, and provisions under the Affordable Care Act to stay healthy.
Last month, four state Medicaid directors joined Families USA in a conference call to share their successes enrolling residents in the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid.
Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, and West Virginia all have state-run health insurance marketplaces. Two of those states (Oregon and West Virginia), in an effort to boost the number of residents who have health coverage, are piloting an innovative “fast track” approach to Medicaid enrollment—one that accelerates enrollment by sparing states the administrative time and costs of handling separate applications for multiple programs (such as SNAP and Medicaid).