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Colorado’s Medicaid Expansion Dramatically Reduces Rural Uninsured

A recent study shows that Colorado had the largest reduction in rural uninsured of all the states that expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2007. The rate of uninsured dropped from 42 percent to 13 percent in 2015-2016. The Medicaid population in Colorado began to grow in 2009 when lawmakers expanded the program to all individuals below the poverty line.

It grew again after legislators approved expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  Medicaid was extended to almost all  individuals with incomes at or below 138 percent of the poverty line, roughly $28,676 for a family of three, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Read the Colorado story in The Denver Post

Read the report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Project


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