Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date



Webinar, MRHRC


In this brief, researchers from the Maine Rural Health Research Center (University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service) present findings from a SHARE-funded evaluation of the rural implications of Medicaid expansion under the ACA. The authors examine the following issues: The extent to which prior public health insurance expansions have covered rural populations Whether rural residents who are expected to be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014 differ from their urban counterparts The extent to which rural individuals might differentially benefit from the ACA Medicaid expansion in light of the expansion becoming optional Whether rural enrollees are likely to have adequate access to primary care The evaluation is based on the 2007-2011 panels of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), linked with state-level Medicaid policy data and county-level primary care provider data.