Research Service Center

Grant Awarded for State Health Access Reform Evaluation

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand Medicaid coverage to all individuals with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level in 2014, a provision expected to be particularly beneficial to rural residents given their higher uninsured rates and lower average incomes. The full impact of the Medicaid expansion on rural residents depends on the different state policy contexts in which they are implemented.

Project Directors' Erika Ziller & Andy Coburn will provide nationally representative information that identifies the extent to which rural residents live in states that have already expanded coverage to low-income adults; how many eligible individuals have participated; the characteristics of the remaining pool of the rural uninsured; and the potential impact of Medicaid expansions on rural primary care and delivery system capacity.