What We're Reading at REACH

November 29, 2012  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

A key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of Medicaid to individuals with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2014. Medicaid currently provides health coverage for over 60 million individuals, including 1 in 4 children, but states’ low eligibility levels mean that many low-income adults remain uninsured. Under the ACA, the Medicaid expansion is 100% fully federally funded for the first three years (2014-2016) and at least 90% federally funded thereafter. Following are some articles and reports on Medicaid.

Report Projects Economic Boost to Missouri from Medicaid Expansion

A report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health released this week projects expansion of Medicaid in Missouri could add $9.6 billion to the state’s economy through job growth and other economic output. The report produced by the University of Missouri School of Medicine Department of Health Management and Informatics and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, estimates the federal contribution to Missouri for Medicaid expansion at $8.2 billion (96.1%), with a state contribution of $332 million (3.9%) over the time period 2014-2020. The report proposes these investments will generate 24,000 jobs and an additional $856 million in state and local taxes. Read the executive summary and full report.

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis, November 2012

This analysis uses the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to provide national and state-by-state estimates of the impact of ACA on federal and state Medicaid costs, Medicaid enrollment and the number of uninsured. The analysis shows that Medicaid expansion would substantially reduce the number of uninsured people nationally. Furthermore, the additional state cost of implementing the Medicaid expansion is small relative to total state Medicaid spending. Read the executive summary and full report.

5 Key Questions about Medicaid and Its Role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2012