Summarizes a RAND analysis of how opting out of Medicaid expansion would affect insurance coverage and spending and whether alternative policy options -- such as partial Medicaid expansion -- could cover as many people at lower costs to states.
The Math of State Medicaid Expansion
Carter Price, associate mathematician at the RAND Corporation, discusses the potential impacts to low-income populations and local fiscal interests in states that choose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
For States That Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion: 3.6 Million Fewer Insured and $8.4 Billion Less in Federal Payments
The authors conclude that in terms of coverage, cost, and federal payments, states would do best to expand Medicaid.