Drawing upon a range of recent studies of those newly covered through the expansion of Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the program rollout has been a huge success, particularly among those who now have health insurance.

HHS released a report that focused on the effect Medicaid expansion has had on coverage and access to care. The expansion was a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Coupled with low-cost, subsidized health insurance purchased through private companies, the Medicaid rollout represents the act's other major initiative to expand health insurance coverage to most Americans.

The report states that those newly enrolled in Medicaid are both satisfied with their coverage and with the care they are receiving. It offers yet another impetus to pressure the remaining states that have not facilitated expansion to do so.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.