Disabled adults' employment increased after states expanded Medicaid, study shows

Disabled adults' employment increased after states expanded Medicaid, study shows

Christie L.C. Ellis

The percentage of people with disabilities who are employed increased to 47 percent from 41.3 percent in states with expanded Medicaid coverage while staying relatively constant in non-expansion states, according to new research.

Not only does this finding translate to greater opportunity and quality of life for people with disabilities, it could have cost-saving policy implications as non-expansion states such as Missouri consider whether to include work requirements along with expansion, according to the new study, ”Medicaid Expansion as an Employment Incentive Program for People With Disabilities,” published last month in the American Journal of Public Health.

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