An Oct. 16 Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured analysis estimated that 5.2 million low-income, uninsured adults will not qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to help them afford health insurance through marketplaces (exchanges) in states not expanding their Medicaid program. These adults will fall into a coverage gap and will likely remain uninsured. Thus far, 26 states have not opted to expand their Medicaid program. According to the analysis, more than a quarter of uninsured people in these states will fall into the coverage gap and have few options for affordable health insurance coverage. As a result, the analysis concludes that providers that fill a safety net role will continue to be stretched thin in states such as Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio, which have the most people at risk of falling into the coverage gap.
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