Idaho Shows Why Medicaid Expansion Is a Good Deal for States

November 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

A recent analysis conducted for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare supports what we’ve been saying all along:  health reform’s Medicaid expansion to cover all low-income adults is a good deal for states.  (A study by Arkansas’ Department of Human Services found much the same thing.) The Idaho study estimates that the expansion would actually save the state $6.5 million from 2014 through 2024.

That’s because state and local spending on health care services for the uninsured will fall by roughly $792 million over that period if Idaho expands Medicaid — since many uninsured residents will get health care services through Medicaid — while the federal government will pay the vast majority of the added Medicaid costs.

This finding is so compelling that the panel of community and state leaders that the governor appointed to examine the issue unanimously recommended that Idaho move forward with the expansion.

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January Angeles is a Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on Medicaid and state health policy issues.

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    Hello, I am on the staff of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and we are doing research into the materials various states that have decided to expand Medicaid are using for outreach and enrollment. I am wondering if you could direct me to such materials that you know of which you find particularly good. The materials can be flyers, advertisements, etc. Thank you for your time and response.

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      Thanks for your question, someone from the Center’s health team will be in touch with you via email.

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