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Low-income adults value Medicaid

Written by Diane Archer
A recent survey of low-income adults reveals that low-income adults value Medicaid. They view Medicaid as health insurance coverage that is as good or better than private insurance in “quality and affordability.” Medicaid was rated less good in terms of “access to doctors and being treated with respect.”  The overwhelming majority, 80 percent, favor Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, only one-third said that they were aware of their states’ plans to expand Medicaid in 2014.  The vast majority were misinformed.  Survey respondents were from Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.

The ACA provides substantial federal money to states that wish to expand Medicaid to cover a broader swath of low-income adults, people with incomes under 138 percent of poverty.  To date, as a result of  health care reform, 26 states and the District of Columbia have undertaken Medicaid expansion and eight million more adults are enrolled in Medicaid.Nearly 3,000 people between the ages of 19 and 64 were included in the study sample.

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