Early studies on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion demonstrate that increased coverage has reduced the financial burden on low-income Americans and has increased their financial health. This webinar examines whether and how much ACA Medicaid expansions affect economic well-being, and discuss why this is important to policy debates. Speakers discuss a new study that utilized data from a major credit bureau and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates to examine the impact of Medicaid expansion on economic well-being and weigh in on the implications of potential new policies, such as Medicaid block grants, on personal finances.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how Medicaid expansion affects personal finance and why it matters
  • Learn about the implications of potential policy changes under the new administration and how they could affect the economic well-being of low-income populations

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Kyle Caswell

Kyle Caswell, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate - Health Policy Center, Urban Institute

Dr. Caswell is a senior research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research co... Read Bio

Barbara Smith

Barbara Markham Smith, JD

Principal - Health Management Associates

Ms. Smith is a noted expert on health care policy and analysis including health insurance coverage and coverag... Read Bio

Part Three of a Three-Part Series

With the future of the ACA uncertain, this webinar series sought to examine various policies, regulations, and potential outcomes related to ACA implementation and how they could be amended to improve market stability and costs and outcomes for low-income populations. The series is a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies” (PRIS) program, which supports studies that address the macro and micro effects of policies related to health insurance.

Part One: Potential Pitfalls and Improvements to ACA’s Risk Adjustment

Part Two: Projecting the ACA’s Impact on Firm Self-Insurance and the Small Group Market