The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion: Alternative State Approaches

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<p>Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia are increasing eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But in states not expanding Medicaid, nearly 5 million uninsured people are at risk of falling into a coverage gap. These states are also forgoing millions in federal dollars, even as their residents are helping to finance expansions in other states through the income taxes they pay.</p><p>Certain states, however, are now pursuing alternative approaches to covering low-income people. A new blog post by The Commonwealth Fund's Tracy Garber and Sara Collins <a href="/blog/2014/affordable-care-acts-medicaid-expansion-alternative-state-approaches">examines the different paths</a> that Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are taking, and the options several other states are considering—including enrollment of the poorest residents in private health plans and greater cost-sharing.</p>
<p>Go to <a href="/blog/2014/affordable-care-acts-medicaid-expansion-alternative-state-approaches"></a> to read the complete post and use our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C80C8EC1299A42C7BDBD2677D1C94873&_z=z">updated interactive map</a> on state Medicaid expansion.</p>