Eligible Uninsured African Americans: 6 in 10 Could Receive Health Insurance Marketplace Tax Credits, Medicaid or CHIP. African Americans and Medicaid

12/09/2013

Many uninsured African Americans may be eligible for coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at little or no cost. About 1.4 million eligible uninsured African American adults (21 percent of all eligible uninsured African Americans) who reside in states expanding their Medicaid programs may be eligible for Medicaid coverage. Additionally, approximately 615,000 eligible uninsured African American children ages 0 to 18 have family incomes at or below 250 percent of FPL and may be eligible for coverage under Medicaid/CHIP (see Table 2).

More than 2.2 million African American adults live in states that are not expanding Medicaid and have family incomes below 100 percent of the FPL. If all states were to expand Medicaid, 95 percent of all eligible uninsured African Americans would be eligible for Marketplace tax credits, Medicaid, or CHIP.

  Medicaid Expansion States Non- Expansion States All States9
Eligible uninsured African Americans

2,372,000

34.8%

4,448,000

65.2%

6,820,000

100.0%

Uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for Marketplace

801,000

11.7%

1,795,000

26.3%

2,596,000

38.1%

Eligible uninsured African Americans who may qualify for Marketplace Premium Tax Credits

639,000

9.4%

1,583,000

23.2%

2,222,000

32.6%

Eligible uninsured African Americans who may qualify for Medicaid (age 19 to 64)

1,396,000

20.5%

N/A10

1,396,000

20.5%

Eligible uninsured African Americans who may qualify for or Medicaid/CHIP (age 0 to 18)

175,000

2.6%

440,000

6.5%

615,000

9.0%

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