Health Care Reform and the State Budget: Savings Likely to Fully or Partly Offset Modest New Costs

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This Oklahoma Policy Institute issue brief looks at the expected impact of the Affordable Care Act on the state's budget. Key findings include:

  • Most studies of the impact of the Affordable Care Act have concluded that increases to state Medicaid budgets will be modest.
  • Some studies have concluded that overall state spending will decrease as a result of the new law.
  • Experts at the Urban Institute and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority project that Oklahoma Medicaid costs will increase between $212 and $789 million in the coming years.