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Topic: Medicaid Expansion



The Affordable Care Act provides states with additional federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults. As of February 2015, 28 states and the District of Columbia had opted to expand their Medicaid program. Illinois expanded Medicaid in July 2013.


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TrumpCare: Less for More

This analysis was released by the office of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin as the House is set to vote on the “American Health Care Act” that would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act and dramatically restructure the federal-state Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to nearly 70 million Americans, including more than three million in Illinois. The report provides a district-by-district breakdown of what is at stake in Illinois

The Face of the Newly Insured

This March 2015 issue brief from the Department of Health & Human Services details the 16.4 million people who gained health insurance coverage by race and ethnicity, household income and age. The brief compares the uninsured rate between states that expanded Medicaid and those opting out.  

CountyCare: a Successful Model for Medicaid Expansion 

This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on the Cook County Early Expansion Initiative (CountyCare), which was initiated to help the state and Cook County Health and Hospitals System build capacity and experience to support implementation of the expansion in 2014.

The ACA and Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers

This Kaiser Family Foundation brief explains Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers under the Affordable Care Act. States have obtained or are seeking approval through Section 1115 waivers to implement Medicaid expansion in ways that extend beyond the flexibility provided by the law. Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers provide states with a way to test approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. States are still accessing enhanced federally matched funds.

How Will Illinois’ Uninsured Fare Under the ACA?

This analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a breakdown of how many uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid or for financial assistance to help them buy private insurance in the new Marketplace, and how many may gain new coverage but will not receive any financial assistance. It also estimates how many uninsured residents are undocumented immigrants and therefore are ineligible for any coverage under the ACA. (more…)

Medicaid Expansions: the Impact by Race and Ethnicity

This July 2013 issue brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines the impact of current state Medicaid expansion decisions on coverage. (more…)

Five Key Facts: Veterans and Medicaid Expansion

Not all veterans have access to health care via the VA, and uninsured veterans have a disproportionate amount and complexity of medical needs. This March 2013 fact sheet from the National Health Law Program describes how Medicaid expansion can improve veterans’ access to care.

Illinois Medicaid Expansion – SB26/HB106

This is the January 2013 summary of SB26/HB106 by sponsors Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Sen. Heather Steans of the legislation authorizing the state to fund provide healthcare under Medicaid to about 342,000 low-income uninsured Illinois citizens. (more…)

Residents Newly Eligible for Medicaid by Illinois Senate District

//PRIVATE// Tabulation by state senated district of the number of residents who will be eligible for Medicaid, and the newly eligible as a proportion of the total uninsured population in the district. Estimates were derived from the 2010-11 American Community Survey and 98th General Assembly.

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