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Report Tracks State Efforts to Prepare for ACA Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act calls for a significant expansion of Medicaid eligibility.  The federal government offers states various opportunities to prepare for the implementation of this eligibility expansion in 2014, and now, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has issued a new report tracking state efforts so far.

The Kaiser report, “How is the Affordable Care Act Leading to Changes in Medicaid Today?  State Adoption of Five New Options,” focuses on five different aspects of Medicaid expansion:  1) getting an early start on Medicaid expansion; 2) increased federal funding to upgrade Medicaid eligibility systems; 3) new federal Medicaid funding for disease prevention; 4) health homes for individuals with chronic conditions; and 5) integrating financing and care for dual eligible beneficiaries.

The report also includes a look at which states are active in which specific areas.

Medicaid expansion is a vital aspect of health care reform for urban safety-net hospitals because so many of the patients they serve who currently are uninsured may soon be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

To learn more about progress toward implementing the expansion of Medicaid, including a look at what your own state is doing, read more about the Kaiser report and download the document hereHealth Care Reform/Flag.

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