by Naomi Lopez Bauman
Illinois Policy Institute
September 04, 2014
When the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ACA or ObamaCare, was first implemented, more than three out of 10 physicians across the country were not accepting new patients in Medicaid, a joint state-federal program that is meant to cover the costs of providing health care to the poor. But rather than offering wholesale reform to address Medicaid’s sub-par patient outcomes, limited access to physicians and skyrocketing program costs, the ACA introduced extra incentives for states to further expand the program. At present, 26 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Five more are pursuing expansion or have expressed an interest in it.

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