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Medicaid expansion could be only option for 40% of uninsured adults

Two of five adults who recently have been uninsured living in states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would likely have no new affordable health insurance options if their states do not eventually expand the program, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in upholding the law in 2012, ruled that the federal government cannot require states to expand Medicaid eligibility. Currently, 26 states have said they will not, or may not, expand their Medicaid programs in 2014. In these states, the lowest-income adults – those earning below the federal poverty level, or less than $11,170 for an individual and $23,050 for a family of four in 2012 – will not have access to either the Medicaid expansion or subsidized private insurance through the new state insurance marketplaces and are likely to remain uninsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

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