Louisiana Report: 2016 Medicaid Expansion Cut Adult Uninsured Rate in Half, Reduced Coverage Disparities, Benefited Rural and Urban Areas

A new report from the Louisiana Department of Health, the 2017 Louisiana Health Insurance Survey, shows multiple positive effects from Louisiana’s recent Medicaid expansion – and continuing overall satisfaction with Medicaid and other coverage.  While the report focused on adult coverage, it also noted that Louisiana retains its remarkable success at reducing the uninsured rate […]

Medicaid Expansion: The Facts Are In

With 34 states (including DC) now expanding Medicaid since 2014 and 17 states still refusing expansion, the ability for researchers to compare patient experiences in these disparate two groups of states has resulted in literally hundreds of high-quality studies – a “natural experiment” created by the Supreme Court’s decision to make the expansion optional. A […]

Medicaid Is Rural America’s Financial Midwife

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Brianna Foster, 23, lives minutes away from Genesis Hospital, the main source of health care and the only hospital with maternity services in southeastern Ohio’s rural Muskingum County. Proximity proved potentially lifesaving last fall when Foster, pregnant with her second child, Holden, felt contractions at 31 weeks — […]