Health Reform: Eligibility Programs

Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act significantly streamlines the eligibility standards and enrollment processes for Medicaid. It also offers a new opportunity for states to expand Medicaid to all adults ages 19 – 64 with household MAGI at or below 138% of the FPL. States have the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to this new eligibility group. This is known as “Medicaid expansion.” Through Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Care Act provides new opportunities for adults in some states to be covered by Medicaid. However, some states have chosen not to expand Medicaid eligibility to these income levels. Even if a state did not expand Medicaid,… Read More

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