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The Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

The 24 states that have chosen not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act have cost 1.4 million of their residents a source of regular health care, failed to generate an estimated 184,000 jobs through the end of 2015, and lost approximately $88 billion in federal revenue between this year and the end of 2015.

council of economic advisorsThese and other estimates come from the report Missed Opportunities:  The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, issued last week by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The report offers state-by-state projections of the number of people who gained insurance in states that did expand their Medicaid programs in comparison to those in states that did not expand; projected utilization of selected preventive care services by individuals in states that did and did not expand Medicaid; the financial impact of state Medicaid expansion decisions on families; jobs and federal money lost; and more.

The National Association of Urban Hospitals supports Medicaid expansion in all states.

Find the report here.

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