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Federal Revenue Down, Expenses Up for States That Don’t Expand Medicaid

States that choose not to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion option will lose significant federal funding, spend more money on uncompensated care, and continue to have large numbers of uninsured residents.

A RAND Corporation study of the 14 states that have rejected Medicaid expansion so far found that those states will receive $8.4 billion less in federal Medicaid funds, spend an additional $1 billion on uncompensated care, and have 3.6 million fewer uninsured residents.

The RAND study evaluated only states that have formally rejected Medicaid expansion.  Other states are still considering expansion, but some of these states are ultimately expected to reject expansion as well.

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

Read more about the RAND study and its implications in this Washington Post articleHealth Care Reform/Flag.

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