Center for Health Policy

How Medicaid Expansion Can Lower Prison Costs, Recidivism

“Expansion states are taking advantage of the chance to cover outside hospitalizations that cost their states millions, as well as the opportunity to enroll parolees in Medicaid. Studies show health care keeps them from returning to prison…Reports from state health agencies that found Medicaid expansion would save hundreds of millions over a decade from inpatient care in outside health facilities.”

Read the full story here.

The Wealth Transfer from Poor to Rich States

Don Taylor wrote an interesting analysis of the state decisions on Medicaid expansion. His analysis indicated that about $30 billion in federal funds would go to the 24 states expanding Medicaid and that $35 billion is being left on the table by states that are not expanding Medicaid. He arrived at an interesting conclusion. “The bottom line is that if the current State Medicaid expansion decisions persist, the unintended story of the ACA will turn out to be the redistribution of money from poorer States, to richer ones, an outcome imposed by the poorer states, upon themselves.”

You can read his full blog post and access the supporting resources here.