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Medicaid Expansion

Written by Josh Mueller
Published on July 31, 2020
Research Highlights

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program established in 1965 to provide health insurance to low-income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Under Medicaid expansion, adults (age 19-65) with a household income less than 138% of the federal poverty level would be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage.

States that have adopted Medicaid expansion report that their populations have increased access to medical care and resources, including mental health treatment, relative to non-expansion states. These states have also reported that Medicaid expansion is associated with decreased mortality rates, including mortalities resulting from opioid overdoses.

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