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Report: Medicaid Expansion Will Add 1.1 Million People To Program
A new report claims Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid, using funds from the Affordable Care Act, will sharply increase the number of people in the program.
About 1.3 million Arizonans are currently enrolled, and that’s with substantial eligibility limits. The new law boosts eligibility to 138 percent of the poverty level, up from the current 100 percent.
Michael Bond, of the free market group the
“The report doesn't say how they get to that figure,” Benson said. “Right? It doesn't say. They're seemingly pulling a lot of these figures out of the air.”
But Bond, a finance lecturer at the
“Remember: You've got this marketing campaign going on with these exchanges, and a lot of people going in thinking they're going to buy health insurance are all of a sudden being put into Medicaid,” Bond said.
The Medicaid expansion faces its first legal test in court on Friday.