The Impact of Current State Medicaid Expansion Decisions on Coverage by Race and Ethnicity

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One of the major vehicles in the ACA to increase health insurance coverage is an expansion of Medicaid to adults with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). While the expansion was intended to be implemented in all states, as a result of the Supreme Court decision on the ACA, it is now effectively a state choice. As of July 1, 2013, 24 states are moving forward with the expansion, 21 states are not planning to move forward, and there is ongoing debate in 6 states. Based on an analysis of 2011 American Community Survey data, this brief examines the implications of current state Medicaid expansion decisions on coverage by race and ethnicity.

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Date: Jul 2013
Author: Kaiser Family Foundation