Medicaid expansion is not a panacea. The data do not support the argument that expansion would bring substantial benefits to many Texans with little to no cost. Instead of expanding an already flawed government program, Texans in need would be better off with targeted assistance from the state or private sector.

Key points:

  • KFF’s research highlights themes in healthcare outcomes from studies that suggest there is a consensus that Medicaid expansion contributes to positive outcomes of expanded healthcare coverage and affordability.
  • The KFF literature review does not provide empirical unanimity that Medicaid expansion has helped enrollees receive better medical care.
  • Instead of expanding an already broad and inefficient government program, Texas would be better off providing targeted assistance to those in need.