State Medicaid Expansion Advocacy

Resources for States Not Yet Committed to Medicaid Expansion

The June 2012 Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act upheld the law, but effectively made the Medicaid expansion optional. The importance of Medicaid expansion for HCH projects and those we serve cannot be overstated. Much of the benefit of the Affordable Care Act for the lowest income individuals in our communities will be foregone without the Medicaid expansion since individuals below the poverty level are not eligible for subsidized coverage in the Health Insurance Exchanges.

As of October 2014, 27 states and the District of Columbia have committed to Medicaid expansion, leaving 23 states opposed. The arguments in favor of Medicaid expansion are compelling, but it will take public pressure and savvy advocacy to convince public officials in these states to choose to expand Medicaid. The HCH community should be part of these efforts, and should prepare for the 2015 legislative sessions. Look up your state’s legislative session dates here. Use the numerous documents below to further your advocacy efforts and please contact Dan Rabbitt at the Council for additional support.

National HCH Council Resources

National Analyses and Research

National Advocacy Tools

Cost Analysis Considerations

State Specific Resources