Most Uninsured People Gaining Medicaid Eligibility under Potential Expansion Would Have Incomes below the Federal Poverty Level

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Most Uninsured People Gaining Medicaid Eligibility under Potential Expansion Would Have Incomes below the Federal Poverty Level

Abstract

As of December 2020, 36 states and the District of Columbia had expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We find that if the remaining 14 states had expanded eligibility in 2020, 6.8 million uninsured people would be eligible for Medicaid in those states—an increase of 4.8 million people over Medicaid eligibility for the uninsured without expansion.

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