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Medicaid Expansion and Newly Eligible Coloradans: A Demographic Portrait
A number of analyses have looked at the costs, affordability, benefits and economic impact of expanding Medicaid eligibility in Colorado.
This data analysis by the Colorado Health Institute delves deeper into the characteristics of the Coloradans who would become eligible for Medicaid. The information creates a portrait of members of this newly eligible population– where and how much they work, how healthy they are and how they could be expected to use the health care system.
Understanding their demographics, employment and health characteristics can help policymakers make a more informed decision about whether Medicaid expansion makes sense in Colorado.
If the Medicaid expansion is approved, this information will be useful in identifying appropriate outreach efforts and anticipating challenges to successful implementation.