KFF analysis finds states that expanded Medicaid experienced declines in uninsured discharges

September 16, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation examined hospital discharges in 16 states through the second quarter in 2014 and found increases in Medicaid and declines in uninsured or self-pay discharges in states that implemented the Medicaid expansion. This adds to a growing body of evidence indicating that coverage expansions are affecting providers and may lead to decreases in uncompensated care for the uninsured. These 16 states include six states that have not implemented (Fla., Ga., Ind., Mo., Va., and Wis.) and 10 states that had implemented the Medicaid expansion (Ariz., Calif., Colo., Hawaii, Iowa, Ky., Mich., Minn., N.J., N.Y.) by the second quarter in 2014.