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See our new fact sheets on the benefit of Medicaid below.
Since January 2014, 30 states and the District of Columbia have taken the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) option to expand Medicaid to adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($32,913 for a family of four in 2014). All of those states have seen dramatic reductions in their uninsured population and other benefits to children, individuals, families, and communities.
A key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the requirement that states expand eligibility for Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to cover more children and low-income adults, a requirement which became an option for states after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2012. As of July 20, 2015, 30 states and the District of Columbia have taken this option, expanding affordable health coverage to more than 10 million low-income Americans and reducing the rate of uninsurance nationwide from 17.6 percent to 10.1 percent.
Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicaid for "protection or security against the economic effects of sickness," and for fifty years, Medicaid has done just that for millions of children and low-income families across America.