Chart Book: Benefits of Medicaid Expansion
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new chart book called “Chart Book: The Far-Reaching Benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion” that is a great tool for Medicaid advocates and policy-makers.
So far, 32 states (counting the District of Columbia) have expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More states are poised to do so next year. West Virginia can be proud that we were one of the first states to take advantage of this opportunity to provide more people quality, affordable health coverage.
More and more research show that Medicaid expansion has produced significant benefits – for those gaining coverage, their families, and their communities. Those enrolled have improved health care access, health outcomes, and financial security, among other things.
In states that have expanded Medicaid, more people with opioid use and other substance abuse disorders are getting treatment. Hospitals in these states have also seen improved financial health.
Here is our favorite from the new chart book.