COVID-19, Unemployment Compensation, and State Medicaid Expansion Decisions: Some Workers Losing Jobs and Health Insurance Remain Ineligible for Subsidized Coverage   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "A recent analysis found that over 70 percent of 7.4 million workers with prepandemic employer-based insurance through industries now vulnerable to high rates of unemployment would be eligible for some assistance with health insurance (Medicaid or marketplace subsidies) if they lost their jobs. However, eligibility differs significantly between workers in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (hereinafter, expansion and nonexpansion states). [...] In this analysis, we expand upon our earlier work to show how the additional levels of unemployment insurance provided through the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program affects eligibility for subsidized coverage in expansion and nonexpansion states. We then simulate the effects on eligibility of extending the additional federal unemployment compensation, currently limited to 16 weeks, through the remainder of 2020, as proposed in the 'Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.' We also simulate the ramifications if all unemployment compensation was disregarded for eligibility determination in both programs."

Urban Institute; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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