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Research Letter
February 2016

Southern Medical Students’ Views on Medicaid Expansion

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California–San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):254-256. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6835

The US Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made one of the law’s signature features optional rather than mandatory: states could choose whether to expand income-based eligibility for Medicaid programs. As of August 2015, 22 states declined expanding Medicaid; most of these are in the South, the US region with the highest proportion of uninsured individuals.1 Medical students will inherit the reformed health care system and thus are stakeholders in these state decisions. We surveyed medical students in 8 Southern non–Medicaid-expanding states to ascertain their knowledge and attitudes toward coverage expansion.

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