New Study: States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Are Hurting Themselves

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New Study: States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Are Hurting Themselves

A new study by Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute finds stark differences between states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and those — like Kansas and Missouri — that haven’t.

Researchers conducted interviews with leaders of major hospital systems and federally qualified health centers in seven states. Three of the states had not expanded Medicaid (Missouri, Tennessee and Utah), while the other four (Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky and Nevada) had. The goal was to see the effect on the health care delivery system in each state.

Since a 2012 Supreme Court ruling made Medicaid expansion optional for states,19 have opted not to expand eligibility.

Expansion would extend health coverage to an estimated 150,000 Kansans who make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which is annual income of $16,242 for an individual and $33,465 for a family of four. In Missouri, 452,000 more people would be covered if Medicaid were expanded.

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