States Can Reduce Medicaid’s Administrative Burdens to Advance Health and Racial Equity

By Suzanne Wikle, Jennifer Wagner, Farah Erzouki, and Jennifer Sullivan

Medicaid is the largest health insurer in the United States, at over 80 million enrollees. Its numerous benefits to enrollees include greater likelihood of completing school, higher wages, better health outcomes, and less medical debt compared to those who are uninsured, as well as services that let millions of seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes and communities. Yet many people who are eligible can’t enroll or they experience gaps in coverage due to administrative burdens. And these burdens disproportionately impact people of color.

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