Medicaid: Real Insurance with Real Results

Executive Summary

Proponents of Republicans’ so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA) often attack Medicaid as a weak program that provides inferior access to health care services for low-income individuals. But as NHeLP Managing Attorney of the NC Office Sarah Somers details in this paper, “Medicaid is a successful program that has been providing lifesaving benefits to covered beneficiaries for half a century.” Somers, moreover, highlights the mounting evidence that expansion of Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act has “increased use of health care services and seen improved health outcomes.”

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