Thursday, January 9, 2014

MINUTE RANT: On the effect of states refusing to expand Medicaid

I have ranted about the fact that the states like Missouri that refused to create a state exchange and expand Medicaid are making the cost of insurance higher for their residents than those states that both created exchanges and expanded Medicaid. I had no real data to support that rant but I knew it would be forthcoming.

From the Huffington Post:

While Republicans at the national level have thus far been completely unsuccessful in attempts to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, Republicans at the state level have succeeded in preventing people from obtaining health coverage under the new law. Data compiled by Theda Skocpol of Harvard University for the Scholars Strategy Network, a progressive group of academics, illustrates how states' decisions to not create their own health care exchanges or expand Medicaid under the ACA have suppressed enrollment. According to Skocpol's research, the 14 states that are expanding Medicaid and running their own exchanges have seen enrollment in Medicaid and exchanges at around 40 percent of projections. In contrast, in the 23 states that refused to expand Medicaid or cooperate when it comes to an exchange, enrollment percentages are in the single-digits.


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