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Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.652News2
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Kaiser 50-state report on the impact of the ACA on coverage: New reports for each of the 50 states from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) show how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes insurance coverage in each state. The ACA provides new coverage options for many of the nation’s 47 million nonelderly uninsured people, but there are large differences between states based on the makeup of their low-income populations and whether a state expands the Medicaid program. Each state report provides a breakdown of how many uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid or for financial assistance to help them buy private insurance on the new exchanges. Each state report also details the income levels at which people are eligible for Medicaid or financial assistance. For states not expanding Medicaid, the reports quantify how many uninsured people with incomes below the poverty level fall into the “coverage gap” and will be ineligible for financial assistance or for Medicaid. For larger states, the reports also estimate how many uninsured residents are undocumented immigrants and are therefore ineligible for any coverage under the ACA. The state reports complement an interactive map that allows users to click on each state to obtain key data. These and other resources on health care reform and its effects are available on the KFF Web site at kff.org/health-reform.

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