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ACA Broadens, Eases Access to Medicaid Coverage

January 22, 2014

While 33 states allow community health centers, hospitals and schools to temporarily enroll children and pregnant women in Medicaid based on household income alone, the Affordable Care Act now allows many of those states to extend so-called "presumptive enrollment" to ll adults with incomes below 138 percent of federal poverty level.

The law also allows hospitals in every state to offer temporary, yet immediate, Medicaid coverage to patients who are likely to be eligible for government benefits.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study explores the issue in more detail.

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