A key provision of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of Medicaid, a government health insurance program for low-income people, to those earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines. This includes those with household incomes up to around $15,000 a year for individuals and $32,000 a year for a family of four. States have the ability to choose whether they will expand their Medicaid programs under the act.
In approving states, uninsured people who qualify for enrollment under the expansion of Medicaid have access to extended health coverage. Both Ohio and Michigan have approved the expansion of Medicaid, extending health coverage to uninsured individuals in both states. Medicaid expansion went into effect in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2014, and will be effective in Michigan on April 1, 2014.
Ohio residents can learn more about Medicaid expansion and coverage under the program by visiting the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s website. Michigan residents can find this information by visiting the Michigan Department of Community Health’s website.
Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA
For more information about Medicaid expansion, watch the below video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.