George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 15
State Health Reform; Medicaid & SCHIP; Access to Health Care; Safety Net; Health Reform
This policy research brief examines the Medicaid eligibility expansions under the pending legislative proposals, including the House Tri-Committee bill, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill and the Senate Finance Committee bill. Using new Census Bureau data, the researchers find that under both the House and Senate Finance Committee proposals, about 9.6 million nonelderly adults would gain Medicaid eligibility by 2014. Furthermore, the federal and state expenditures are less than Medicaid's positive impact on the economy amounting in a return of three dollars in new business activities for every dollar of state Medicaid investment. Because Medicaid is designed to assist states with lower incomes, the positive economic impact effects of a Medicaid expansion will be especially pronounced in southern, southwestern and Plains states.
Shin, P., Ku, L., Mauery, D. R., Finnegan, B., & Rosenbaum, S. (2009). Estimating the economic gains for states as a result of Medicaid coverage expansions for adults (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 15). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.