The Impact of State Policies on ACA Applications and Enrollment Among Low-Income Adults in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas

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This paper presents findings from a study that surveyed nearly 3,000 low-income adults in late 2014 to compare experiences in three states with markedly different policies regarding the ACA: Kentucky, which expanded Medicaid, created a successful state Marketplace, and supported outreach efforts; Arkansas, which enacted the private option and a federal-state partnership Marketplace, but with legislative limitations on outreach; and Texas, which did not expand Medicaid and passed restrictions on navigators. It found that application rates, successful enrollment, and positive experiences with the ACA were highest in Kentucky, followed by Arkansas, with Texas performing worst. The paper explores these findings and the factors that most greatly contributed to successful enrollment.

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Date: Jun 2015
Author: Health Affairs