Report: Single Adults Without Children Will Benefit Most From Medicaid Expansion

Single, childless adults would benefit the most from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, according to a new report from Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Based on their research, 82 percent of people who would be newly eligible for Medicaid do not have dependent children. If every state participated in the Medicaid expansion, 15 million people would benefit, but several Republican governors say they will opt out of it. Here are the report’s estimates of who could benefit:

7.8 million people under age 35 and 2 million near elderly adults between the ages of 55 and 64, and 53 percent are male
2.7 million are parents who are living with their dependent children
— 55 percent are white, while 19 percent are Hispanic and another 19 percent are black