Advocacy Resources Show Benefits of Medicaid Expansion
The ruling eliminated the federal government’s ability to penalize states that choose not to expand their Medicaid programs to meet the ACA’s requirements. If states opt not to expand their Medicaid programs, many low-income individuals and families — including many direct-care workers (pdf) — living in those states will remain uninsured.
As part of the regional ACA Implementation Forums, and elsewhere, policymakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have given guidance (pdf) to states, and offered flexibility regarding Medicaid expansion.
At one forum, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Director Cindy Mann noted there is no deadline for states to decide about the Medicaid expansion. However, the 100 percent federal matching funds available for newly eligible individuals in 2014, 2015, and 2016 is an incentive to expand sooner than later. (In 2017, the FMAP will begin to phase down gradually until it reaches 90 percent in 2020, where it will remain.)
As advocates work to encourage each state to adopt the Medicaid expansion, keys for successful advocacy include focusing on Medicaid’s benefits and analyses of the budgetary impact for states.
The following are helpful resources on Medicaid:
- Families USA: Medicaid Expansion Center
- National Health Law Program: Medicaid Expansion Toolbox
- National Association of Medicaid Directors: Letter to HHS (pdf)
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Guidance on Analyzing and Estimating the Cost of Expanding Medicaid (pdf)
- Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Opting in to the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA
- Urban Institute: Considerations in Assessing State-Specific Fiscal Effects of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion
- Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Medicaid Expansion Is a Very Good Deal for States
Benefits of Medicaid
- PHI: Medicaid Matters…for Long-Term Services and Supports (pdf)
- Families USA: Medicaid Is Good Care (pdf)
- National Health Law Program: 50 Reasons Medicaid Expansion Is Good for Your State (pdf)
– by Gail MacInnes, PHI National Policy Analyst