Expanded Eligibility for Medicaid Offers Promising Initial Results

The Kaiser Family Foundation has diligently tracked public opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since it passed into law in 2010. Six years later, most Americans still dislike the law, with 46% opposed to it and 40% for it.

The proposed expanded eligibility for Medicaid especially irks opponents. Critics say such a move will present a costly burden to states that implement expansion. If you operate a health facility, no doubt you’ve heard that expanded coverage will overwhelm hospitals with an influx of patients. The reasoning seems sound: With more people covered by medical insurance, more patients will flock to healthcare facilities.


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