Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion a Great Deal for States

Center on Budget and Priorities: “Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates released last week show that health reform’s Medicaid expansion, which many opponents wrongly claim will cripple state budgets, is an even better deal for states than previously thought. CBO has sharply lowered its estimates of the costs to states of adopting the Medicaid expansion.”

“States will spend only 1.6 percent more on Medicaid and CHIP due to health reform than they would have spent without health reform. That’s about one-third less than CBO projected in February.”

“CBO apparently lowered its projection of the added state costs because it now expects fewer people who were eligible for Medicaid before health reform — but were unenrolled — to enroll in Medicaid as a result of health reform.”