Over half—56 percent—of previously uninsured people got assistance to get coverage under Obamacare through expanded Medicaid, CHIP, or subsidized private coverage, and if the states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would reverse course, they could provide coverage to 59 percent of their currently uninsured populations. That's one of the findings from a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on coverage after Obamacare's implementation.
Their key findings:
- In states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA, 68 percent of the uninsured became eligible for assistance, compared with only 44 percent in states that have not expanded Medicaid.
- If nonexpansion states were to expand Medicaid eligibility, 71 percent of their uninsured would be eligible for assistance.
- Among states expanding Medicaid, the ACA is projected to reduce the number of uninsured people by 56 percent, compared with a 34 percent reduction in the uninsured among states not expanding Medicaid.
- If the states that have not expanded eligibility were to do so, the number of uninsured in those states would decrease by 59 percent.