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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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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.

Illinois Medicaid Expansion Toolkit

This September 2012 toolkit from the State Healthcare Access Research Project explains how expanding Medicaid pursuant to the ACA presents Illinois with a tremendous opportunity to reduce state spending, improve public health, and keep healthcare providers and hospitals solvent.

Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet: Illinois

This September 2012 fact sheet from State Healthcare Access Research Project on Medicaid expansion in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act provides an overview of issues that the state should consider in its decision-making process.

CMS Approval Letter for Cook County Early Medicaid Expansion

October 2012 letter from CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner to the Illinois Health & Family Services approving the 1115 demonstration waiver to expand Medicaid in Cook County prior to 2014.

The Homeless: Key Lessons for Medicaid Expansion

This September 2012 issue paper from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured explores issues surrounding Medicaid coverage and care for the homeless population to identify enrollment and access barriers, strategies to overcome these barriers, and considerations for the upcoming expansion.

Medicaid Expansion: Who Could Gain Coverage?

An August 2012 state-by-state analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and prepared by researchers at the Urban Institute, examining the characteristics of uninsured nonelderly adults who could be newly-eligible for Medicaid, and finds that the approximately 15 million uninsured adults are a diverse group in terms of age, race, and ethnicity.

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois – A Legal Memo

This July 2012 memo from Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law concluded that the Illinois General Assembly was on record, with bi-partisan majorities, in support of adopting the steps Congress has taken to cover all low income citizens under the Medicaid program. The memo further concluded that nothing in the Supreme Court’s NFIB v. Sebelius decision is inconsistent with or undoes the commitment the state has already made.

How Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presented this brief on Medicaid expansion in July 2012, focusing on how it will impact state budgets and what role the federal government will have. The Federal government will pick up nearly all costs, even as expansion provides coverage to millions of low-income uninsured Americans.

Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: How Many Left Behind?

This July 2012 analysis from Urban Institute Health Policy Center finds that state decisions may leave without coverage 11.5 million of the 15.1 million uninsured adults who would be newly eligible for Medicaid.

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes the Court’s decision and looks ahead to the implementation of health reform now that the constitutionality of the ACA has been resolved. The brief contains sections describing the background to the case, specifics pertaining to the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion, as well as how the overall decision will affect the future.

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