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What does the Affordable Care Act do for Medicaid?

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The Affordable Care Act gives states new opportunities to expand their Medicaid programs to cover individuals who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($16,753 per year for an individual in 2018). Not all states have done this. If your state has expanded the program and you meet the income and other eligibility criteria (for example, you are a resident of the state in which you are applying), you will still be covered under Medicaid.

From: Insurance When You're Pregnant: FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act," January 2013.

Medicaid.gov: "Pregnant Women."

Healthcare.gov: " "  Is My State Expanding Medicaid Coverage?

USDA.gov: "WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines."

Coverageforall.org: 2016 Federal Poverty Level.

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act," January 2013.

Medicaid.gov: "Pregnant Women."

Healthcare.gov: " "  Is My State Expanding Medicaid Coverage?

USDA.gov: "WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines."

Coverageforall.org: 2016 Federal Poverty Level.

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on September 18, 2018

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