Ever Wonder Whether Medicaid Expansion Makes a Difference?

The New York Times does an amazing job at data journalism within its Upshot section. This interactive map of the uninsured, by Quotrung Bui and Margo Sanger-Katz, is pretty amazing, especially when one considers that Wisconsin, nominally a non-expansion state, already provided significant coverage overlapping with ACA. Why is Medicaid expansion important? Go to the New York Times link and see for yourself. Cross the Kentucky border into any non-expansion state. If anything, this non-population-weighted-map understates the importance of Medicaid expansion, since many of those huge purple counties out west have very few people living in them. Ninety percent of the adults who fall in the Medicaid gap live in formerly-segregated states.

Amazing New York Times infographic.

Amazing New York Times infographic.

PS this amazing GIF showing how patterns have changed since 2013 makes me both proud and sad regarding our country.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.