Effective January 1, 2014, Medicaid will be expanded to include individuals between the ages of 19 up to 65 (children, pregnant women, parents, and adults without dependent children) with incomes up to 133% FPL based on modified adjusted gross income. The Urban Institute states uninsured nonelderly adults who could receive coverage under the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion starting in 2014 are less likely than those currently eligible for Medicaid to be parents living with dependent children.
This analysis suggests that the uninsured who could gain coverage under the ACA Medicaid expansion are a diverse group in terms of their age and race/ethnicity. Though over half are under age 35, 35 percent are between the ages of 35 and 54 and over 10 percent are near elderly adults between the ages of 55 and 64. Although just over half of the uninsured who could gain coverage under the Medicaid expansion are male, 4.6 million are women of reproductive age. Plans are preparing for change by expanding their provider networks to ensure timely service.
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