Report Finds Medicaid Expansion Leads to Economic Benefits for States

States that expanded Medicaid in 2014 have already realized savings and revenue gains as a result, says an issue brief recently released by Manatt and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The brief is the second in a series on the economic impact of Medicaid expansion. Authors Deborah BachrachPatti Boozang and Dori Glanz examined eight states from across the country for the early results on the budget impact of Medicaid expansion and found that these states expect to see more than $1.8 billion in savings and revenue gains through 2015 as a result of expansion. In some states, savings are expected to offset the costs of expansion for several years. The report includes detailed tables and explanations of the savings opportunities identified in each state. Stay tuned for a Manatt on Medicaid highlighting the report’s findings.

Michigan: Governor Says Medicaid Expansion Plan Achieves Healthy Behaviors

In celebration of the Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion plan’s launch one year ago, Governor Rick Snyder (R) celebrated the plan’s achievements in encouraging beneficiaries to take initiatives to improve their health—a key goal of Healthy Michigan. In its first year, the Healthy Michigan expansion has enrolled 600,000 individuals who have completed 334,000 primary care visits, 116,000 preventive care visits, 35,000 mammograms, and 17,000 colonoscopies.

Ohio: Hospital Attributes Decline in Charity Care to Medicaid Expansion

One of the nation’s largest hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, reported a 40% decline in charity care spending in 2014 compared to 2013. Cleveland Clinic officials attribute the resulting savings of approximately $70 million to the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the State.