Millions of Americans from all walks of life rely on Medicaid for themselves and their families.
Medicaid works for a diverse group of patients by improving health, keeping people out of the emergency department, and providing access to needed treatment. Medicaid also helps essential hospitals—those dedicated to caring for people in need—to provide vital support to communities, including trauma services, neonatal intensive care, and disaster response.
Medicaid Is Good for Health
- 84 percent of Medicaid recipients say they are able to get all the medical care they need and are overwhelmingly satisfied with their coverage and care.
- Medicaid expansion significantly reduced the incidence of sudden cardiac death in Oregon.
- An Ohio expansion plan produced significantly better care and intermediate outcomes for diabetes patients compared with the uninsured.
- The ACA’s coverage expansion to low-income adults was associated with significant improvements in access to primary care and medications, affordability of care, preventive visits, screening tests, and self-reported health.
- Medicaid expansion has reduced adult deaths, with older people, nonwhites, and residents of poorer communities realizing the greatest benefit.
- Medicaid expansion has been associated with improved asthma treatment, body mass index assessment, and hypertension control.
Medicaid Is Good for Home
- Medicaid provides access to health care services comparable to that of employer-sponsored insurance, but at significantly lower costs.
- The rate of households’ new medical debt fell by 45 percent after expansion—especially in low-income communities—and nonmedical debt fell by 0.5 percent.
- In Oregon, Medicaid nearly eliminated out-of-pocket, catastrophic care expenses and cut by half the need to borrow money or skip other bills to pay for medical care.
- Children with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage go further in school than those who are uninsured.
Medicaid Is Good for Communities
- Medicaid expansion increased overall and mental health visits at community health centers, improved the quality of care, and reduced out-of-pocket spending for low-income patients.
- Uncompensated care fell sharply in expansion states between 2013 and 2015—from 3.9 percent to 2.3 percent of operating costs—and saved $6.2 billion.
- Without expansion, uncompensated care costs could jeopardize trauma and burn care, pediatric intensive care, and other services our hospitals provide for all.
- Treatment rates for opioid use disorder, an epidemic ravaging communities, are higher among Medicaid beneficiaries than privately insured patients with the same condition.
Medicaid Is Good for Jobs, Economy
- Medicaid cuts in the American Health Care Act would cost the country nearly 1 million jobs, including more than 700,000 in the health care sector, and reduce business output by $148 billion.
- Medicaid keeps people healthy and working: Nearly 80 percent of Medicaid recipients live in a family with a full- or part-time worker, and about 60 percent of recipients are employed.
- Essential hospitals, which rely on Medicaid to ease uncompensated care and keep their doors open, contributed to more than 1.25 million jobs and generated $165 billion of economic activity in their states.
- Executives at safety-net providers in Medicaid expansion states credit expansion with allowing them to open new clinics, buy new equipment, and hire new staff.