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SHOT/CHASER: Florida Insurance Officials Ignore Proven Benefits When Arguing Against Medicaid Expansion

By August 7, 2019No Comments

SHOT: Republican Insurance Officials In Florida Tried To Claim That Medicaid Expansion Would Harm The ACA Marketplace. State officials told economists that expanding Medicaid would have a “very large impact” on the Affordable Care Act marketplace that serves 1.8 million Floridians. According to Politico, an analysis by OIR Deputy Commissioner Craig Wright claims that about 600,000 individuals would likely transition from marketplace coverage to Medicaid, and this would result in lower federal subsidies and disrupt the marketplace. [Politico, 8/6/19

CHASER: Evidence Shows That Medicaid Expansion Actually Lowers Premiums For Marketplace Enrollees. According to a 2016 report from the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Medicaid expansion helps lower premiums for Marketplace enrollees: “we estimate that Marketplace premiums are about 7 percent lower in states that expanded Medicaid compared to those that have not done so yet.” [ASPE, 9/6/16]