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“Medicaid Works,” Foundation Declares

Medicaid improves access to care and saves lives and deserves to be expanded in the manner envisioned in the Affordable Care Act, according to a new blog entry on the web site of the health care-focused Commonwealth Fund.

According to the blog commentary, Medicaid “fulfills the two main purposes of health insurance – ensuring access to needed care and providing adequate financial protection from burdensome medical expenses.”  It also cites research that “confirms that expanding Medicaid not only improves access to care and financial protection of vulnerable individuals and families, but actually saves lives.”

In addition, the blog suggests that Medicaid recipients have only slightly greater cost-related access-to-care problems than individuals with private insurance.

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) and private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals have eagerly anticipated the expansion of Medicaid eligibility mandated by the Affordable Care Act.  In the wake of the Supreme Court decision ruling the expansion mandate unconstitutional, urban safety-net hospitals now must wait for their individual states to decide whether they will move ahead with that Medicaid expansion.

The title of this commentary is “Medicaid Works:  Public Program Continues to Provide Access to Care and Financial Protection for Society’s Most Vulnerable,” and it can be found hereiStock_000008064653XSmall, on the Commonwealth Fund’s web site.

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