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Health Care Use and Chronic Conditions Among Childless Adult Medicaid Enrollees in Arizona

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning in 2014, Medicaid eligibility will expand to 133% of the federal poverty level for nearly all individuals. Arizona is one of the few states that already cover adults without dependent children in Medicaid through a longstanding Section 1115 waiver. This report, based on 2007 Medicaid claims data for adult Medicaid enrollees in Arizona, provides an analysis of health care utilization and health conditions for childless adults and compares them with parents and adults with disabilities. Understanding the health care use and needs of low-income childless adults can help inform other states’ efforts to care for these adults under the Medicaid expansion in 2014.

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