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Fact Sheet
October 2010

Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

This piece explains the significance of the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid coverage to all non-elderly Americans with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. More Americans will be able to get Medicaid than ever before, and it will ensure that low-income Americans will be able to afford the health care they need.

The federal government will pay for a majority of the costs of the expansion. However, some governors and state policy makers have voiced concern about the impact of the expansion on their state budgets. But the increase in state spending is minimal, and it pales in comparison to the benefits—the broad expansion of coverage for millions of Americans.

Find out more about how the Medicaid expansion is instrumental to the goals of health reform.