In 2013, the Colorado General Assembly passed, and Gov. Hickenlooper signed, Senate Bill (SB) 13-200 authorizing the expansion of Medicaid under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). Colorado is currently one of 32 states (including Washington D.C.) to implement Medicaid expansion after this ACA provision was ruled optional by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2012 decision for National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. This expansion allowed low-income Coloradans at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to enroll in Medicaid regardless of their age or parental status.
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The Colorado Health Foundation engaged the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University to conduct an independent analysis of the full economic and state budgetary impacts of Medicaid eligibility expansion. This research updates a 2013 analysis of the projected impact of Medicaid expansion. The 2013 study was completed before Colorado opted to expand Medicaid. With the passage of SB 13-200, many of the unknowns in the previous analysis are now known including the rate at which Coloradans would enroll in Medicaid and the source of funding for the state match. Now, with two years of experience in Colorado, this updated study looks at actual results of the expansion and forecasts the economic and budgetary impacts out to FY 2034-35.