Huffington Post: ACA's Medicaid expansion is helping the uninsured, but only where it's allowed to

October 06, 2015

The Huffington Post looks at the ACA's Medicaid expansion. The states that expanded Medicaid already had a lower combined uninsured rate than the states that didn't, and the gap has widened since then. States that undertook the expansion experienced significantly larger increases in the share of their residents with health coverage, compared to states that rejected the expansion and relied only on federally subsidized private health insurance from the exchange marketplaces to expand coverage. In non-expansion states, people below the poverty level get no help, because private insurance subsidies are available only to people who earn more than that.