The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report confirming the benefits of Medicaid expansion, including better health outcomes for patients and economic health for states. For example, 1 million patients gained a usual source of clinic care with Medicaid expansion – and 1.4 million more could have this benefit if the 24 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid decide to do so. The report also shows that by not expanding Medicaid, states are missing out on federal funding, economic activity, and increased jobs, while risking the financial strength and overall health of vulnerable populations. Without action by the remaining non-expansion states, 5.7 million people will continue to be uninsured in 2016. As Bruce Siegel, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, notes, “Essential hospitals in both expansion and non-expansion states will continue to care for the bulk of these patients. It is imperative that financial support for essential hospitals is maintained so they can continue to care for these vulnerable populations.”
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