States that Expanded Medicaid are Helping to Protect Children from Becoming Uninsured
Our annual report on the state of children’s coverage is out. It’s a deep dive into a disturbing trend – children across the country are losing affordable health coverage, rolling back gains started with the Affordable Care Act.
One main cause of this drop in coverage is easily fixed. The 14 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid should do so immediately. I wrote recently how many states are seeing new bipartisan interest in Medicaid expansion as the benefits are becoming so hard to ignore. We really are creating two Americas of health: A group of largely Southern and a few Midwestern states v. the rest of America. And this latest trend – more uninsured kids – is further evidence how state decisions to refuse Medicaid expansion are contributing to this divide.