The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Uncompensated Care Costs: Early Results and Policy Implications for States

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Since implementation of the ACA, the 30 states that have expanded Medicaid have enrolled more than 10 million people in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the collective rate of uninsured individuals in these states has fallen from 18 percent to less than 11 percent. This paper examines early data on expansion-related decreases in uncompensated care costs and related state budget implications, including impending reductions in federal support for Medicaid Disproportionate Share (DSH) payments and waiver pools made available to support hospital uncompensated care costs prior to the Medicaid expansion authorized and funded under the ACA.

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Date: Jun 2015
Author: State Health Reform Assistance Network