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Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Medicaid’s Role

Medicaid plays a major role in covering more of the uninsured under the new health reform law. The new law includes a significant expansion of Medicaid, an individual requirement to obtain health insurance, and subsidies to help low-income individuals buy coverage through newly established Health Benefit Exchanges. This brief explains the how Medicaid works today and answers some key questions about Medicaid’s role in health reform.

Issue Brief (.pdf)

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