Florida’s Claims About Medicaid Expansion Under ACA Are Inflated | Print |
March 2012

With Florida's and other states' challenge of the Affordable Care Act scheduled for U.S. Supreme Court arguments next week, the argument that the law imposes a crushing financial burden on states invites examination.

The State of Florida's estimates of its costs resulting from the ACA are hyper-inflated, and they appear to have been specifically crafted to support a political position rather than provide a backdrop for planning purposes.

In  fact, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs of Medicaid expansion for three years and 90 percent or more every year of the first 10 years of the act.  Meanwhile, about 1 million Floridians previously without health insurance or saddled with inexpensive or inadequate insurance will be covered.  And by 2022-2023, Florida will have received an estimated $20.3 billion in additional federal Medicaid funding from the federal government.  Each dollar of Medicaid expansion-related state spending over the 10-year period will leverage an additional $9.51 in federal funding, directly stimulating the economy and increasing jobs.

> Read the report.