Impact of the Medicaid Expansion for Low-Income Communities of Color Across States
As states continue to weigh whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, one important consideration is the impact of the expansion for low-income people of color. While the Medicaid expansion will increase coverage options for all low-income Americans, it will disproportionately impact low-income people of color. Overall, people of color are more likely than whites to be uninsured and low-income, since they are more likely to work in low-wage jobs that do not offer employer-sponsored insurance and often have difficulty affording coverage when it is offered. To provide greater insight into this potential impact across states, this brief provides data on the uninsured by race and ethnicity across states based on analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey.
Overview Brief (.pdf)