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Medicaid expansion, What's That?

One of the primary provisions of the Affordable Care Act gives states the options to expand their Medicaid eligibility to include people below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (about $16,000 per year for one person or $24,000 for a family of four). The costs of expansion are paid for in full by the federal government through 2016, before dropping down (and freezing at) 90 percent in 2020. Oklahoma has opted not to accept the funds and expand eligibility, leaving roughly 150,000 Oklahomans in the ‘coverage crater’ (too low-income to qualify for subsidies on the health insurance marketplace, too wealthy or not a member of a population group that is eligible to qualify for traditional Medicaid in Oklahoma).

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