Health Care

Holdout states expanding Medicaid would give 2.3M health coverage

The latest states to do so are South Dakota and North Carolina, while 10 have so far declined to.
North Carolina Republican Senate leader Phil Berger, left, and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper shake hands at a ceremony celebrating Medicaid expansion Monday, March 27, 2023, at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

More than 2.3 million people would gain access to health coverage if the 10 states that have not moved to expand Medicaid under the 2010 Affordable Care Act changed course, according to a report released Monday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

Medicaid expansion in those states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming — would amount to a 25% drop in the uninsured population, the analysis found.

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