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GAO Report: Health Needs Better Met in Medicaid Expansion States

Thursday, November 15, 2018


The Government Accountability Organization report, Medicaid: Access to Health Care for Low-Income Adults in States with and without Expanded Eligibility (September 2018), found that low income adults living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were less likely to have gaps in medical needs. The below table summarizes select highlights from the report, which is based on national health interview survey data from 2016. 

Low Income Adults Who ReportedExpansion States (30)Non-Expansion States (20)
Unmet Medical Needs26%40%
Financial Barriers to Getting Needed Care9%20%
Having a Usual Place for Care82%68%

Figure 2 in the report presents a nifty PDF interactive map with state-by-state data on state population, Medicaid expansion date, and Medicaid enrollment. 

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