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    Medicaid expansion

    Medicaid expansion is one way the Affordable Care Act extends health insurance coverage and allows more people to access and pay for their health care costs. Each state decides whether or not they want to expand Medicaid with financial help from the federal government. 

    In states with expanded Medicaid programs, you must earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level to qualify. In states that have not opted to expand, the maximum income is generally lower, and fewer people are eligible for Medicaid benefits.

    The Federal Poverty Level changes each year. To find out where your income falls based on the Federal Poverty Level, click here.


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