This Visualizing Health Policy examines the effect of decisions by states in the South to implement or forgo the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion. It shows that Southerners are more likely than people living in other parts of the United States to be uninsured; that most Southern states have poverty rates above the national average; that without the Medicaid expansion (which most Southern states are not implementing), Medicaid eligibility levels for adults in the South remain low; that nearly 80% of the 4.8 million uninsured US adults who fall into the coverage gap live in the South; and that the coverage gap in the South disproportionately affects people of color.
Understanding the Effect of Medicaid Expansion Decisions in the South
*Produced by: Jessica Stephens, MPH; Samantha Artiga, MHSA; Barbara Lyons, PhD; Anne Jankiewicz; and David Rousseau, MPH.
Kaiser Family Foundation. Understanding the Effect of Medicaid Expansion Decisions in the South. JAMA. 2014;311(24):2471. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7077