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Heller School researchers estimate that 5 million children will lose Medicaid eligibility under ACA repeal

According to an analysis conducted by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University, undoing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have a significant impact on many school age children in the U.S.

When the ACA was enacted in March 2010, 11 million people gained coverage through the law’s Medicaid expansion. Under the ACA, the minimum income eligibility level for Medicaid for school age children rose from 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)—approximately $20,000 annually for a family of three—to 138% of the FPL.

In a policy brief published on diversitydatakids.org (an ICYFP research project about child health equity issues), researchers estimate that by repealing the ACA and rolling the federal eligibility threshold back to 100% of the FPL, nearly 5 million children ages 6 to 19 will lose their federal Medicaid eligibility, with Hispanic and Black children disproportionally affected.


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