Medicaid Expansion Will Result in Fewer Uninsured in Many Cities by 2016, Study Finds

A new study from the Robert Wood Foundation and the Urban Institute has examined 14 large cities across the nation to determine the effects of Medicaid expansion on the number of uninsured.

The study examined the following cities: Los Angeles; Chicago; Houston; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Seattle; Denver; Atlanta; and Miami.

Of the cities examined, seven are in states that have expanded Medicaid. The study found the number of uninsured will decrease by an average of 57 percent in those seven cities by 2016. The number of uninsured in Denver is predicted to decrease the least (49 percent), and Detroit is expected to have the most significant decrease (66 percent). 

Among the seven cities in states that have not expanded Medicaid, the number of uninsured is expected to decrease by an average of 30 percent by 2016. In those states, the decrease would range from 25 percent in Atlanta to 36 percent in Charlotte, N.C.

The study found if Medicaid eligibility were expanded in these seven cities, the number of uninsured would fall by an average of 52 percent.

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