Medicaid expansion led to fewer uninsured hospital stays in 2014, may help facilities' bottom line: Study

January 07, 2016

Researchers have found that Medicaid expansion, nationally, significantly reduced uninsured hospital stays in 2014, due to increased access to physicians and cost-related barriers to care being cut down, with the largest effects occurring in the 29 states that expanded Medicare by the first quarter of 2015. The findings saw no significant change in the share of inpatients with private insurance in expansion states relative to non-expansion states, but the study authors caution that it should not be taken to mean that the ACA did not expand private coverage. The researchers also said the reduction should help out hospitals financially, however, there's a complicating factor in that someone who's eligible for both Medicaid and private insurance may opt for Medicaid coverage because of the costs associated with private insurance.