RELEASE: CAP Analysis Refutes Inaccurate Myths About Medicaid, Highlights Need for Coverage

Washington, D.C. — Conservatives are relying on old, inaccurate myths about Medicaid to defend their proposals to cut this essential program, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress.

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2013, 11.9 million newly eligible people have gained coverage through Medicaid in states that chose to expand their programs. In addition to producing better health outcomes, Medicaid expansion has resulted in new enrollees having access to quality care without the threat of financial turmoil.

Opponents of the ACA want to roll back this progress by making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid. By relying on cherry-picked facts and misinterpreted data, conservatives push myths about Medicaid to justify their plans to cut this vital program. This would have devastating outcomes for low-income Americans.

The analysis shows the inaccuracy of these claims and highlights the significance of Medicaid coverage.

Read the issue brief: “Conservative Myths About Medicaid” by Madeline Twomey

For more information or to talk to an expert please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org, or 202-478-6327.