May 14, 2013

Optional Medicaid Expansion: Considerations Facing the States

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

Across the country, state governments have been considering whether to expand Medicaid coverage as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"). To help break down what's at stake, a new video—based on a recent study by Mercatus Center scholar Charles Blahous—reviews the key factors states must consider in this complex decision.

The video breaks down some of the key factors states must consider including:

  • How did the Supreme Court decision on the ACA change the calculus on Medicaid for state governments?
  • What is the difference between the law's new health exchanges and its Medicaid expansion? Who is eligible for each?
  • Can governors and state legislatures be confident that the federal government will be able to follow through on its promises for more Medicaid funding?