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The Affordable Care Act’s Most Pressing Concern? Gaps in Medicaid Coverage.

George Washington University
26-Feb-2020 2:00 PM EST, by George Washington University

Newswise — Two million of the nation’s poorest working-age adults remain unable to access affordable health insurance coverage because they live in a state that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It’s imperative to close this gap in coverage, which was created by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, says Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, in a new commentary published March 2 at 4PM EST in the journal Health Affairs.

In the commentary, Rosenbaum and co-author Gail Wilensky, PhD, give several options, varying in cost and complexity, to closing this gap. The options include restoring the financial incentives that encourage states to expand Medicaid coverage and providing states further flexibility in how they expand the coverage.

Rosenbaum is a renowned expert on health policy and law in the United States, advising Congress and six Presidential administrations on a range of health policy matters. She is known for her work on Medicaid, health care access for underserved communities, and civil rights and health care. Rosenbaum can talk at length about the complexities and various facets of the Affordable Care Act.

Wilensky , one of the nation’s leading health policy experts, is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE. Prior to joining Project Hope in 1993, she directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior advisor on health and welfare to former President George H. W. Bush. 

The commentary, “Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap: Options For Reform” was published March 2 at 4PM EST in the journal Health Affairs.

To obtain an embargoed copy of the commentary or to arrange an interview, contact Kathy Fackelmann, 202-994-8354, kfackelmann@gwu.edu or Mina Radman, 202-486-2529, mradman@gwu.edu.

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