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Medicaid Steps Into the Spotlight

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansions have thrust Medicaid into a new, more prominent role in the nation’s health care.  As of January 1, it will start covering more people than ever – even in states that have rejected the reform law’s offer of significant federal funding in exchange for eligibility expansion.

Health Care Reform/FlagWhile many people are embracing the expansion – nearly four million enrolled in Medicaid in October and November – others continue to oppose it as an inappropriate expansion of the federal role in the health insurance arena and a step toward creating greater dependence on government programs.  One thing is clear:  the expansion of Medicaid eligibility will reduce the number of uninsured Americans.

Many of the newly insured, moreover, surely live in communities served by the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals.

The Washington Post has taken a broad look at the changes in Medicaid and their short- and long-term implications.  See that article here.

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