Research Category: Health Reform


United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

August 2, 2016

The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care.


Policy Statement on Medicaid and Access to Care

January 20, 2016

The Kansas and Missouri Medicaid programs currently offer no coverage to childless adults and very low income eligibility limits for parents. Absent Medicaid expansion, the coverage system in both Missouri and Kansas has a large coverage gap that leaves hundreds of thousands of residents behind, because they make too much...


Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the Kansas State Budget

December 8, 2015

The cost of Medicaid expansion in Kansas is projected to average just over $50 million annually between 2016 and 2020. Based on publicly available data and the experiences of states that expanded in 2014, it appears that Kansas should be able to generate sufficient savings and revenue gains to cover...


Insights Audit: MO HealthNet Reform Context Report

November 23, 2015

Originally intended to be a mandatory requirement, the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling effectively made Medicaid expansion optional for states. To finance the expansion, states receive 100 percent federal matching funds through 2016, 95 percent federal match in 2017, 94 percent in 2018, 93 percent in 2019, and 90 percent...


Why Health Insurance Matters for Missouri Women (infographic)

November 7, 2015

Health insurance coverage plays a critical role in the health status of women. Having coverage expands affordability and access to health care services. Women with health insurance coverage utilize critical preventive care such as mammographies and pap tests at significantly higher rates than women without coverage.


Medicaid Expansion Is Critical for Missouri’s Communities

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that States can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet) in 2014, the...


Medicaid Expansion Makes Good Financial Sense (Cents) for Missouri

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that States can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet) in 2014, the...


Medicaid Expansion Is Good for Missouri’s Veterans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet) in 2014, the...


Medicaid Expansion Is Beneficial for Children

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. Low-income children, even if they are already eligible for Medicaid, have much to...


Medicaid Expansion Would Help Missouri’s Homeless

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands the Medicaid program to provide health care for millions of uninsured individuals, mainly low-income adults. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose whether to expand their Medicaid programs. If Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program (MO HealthNet), thousands of uninsured...

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