Medicaid Expansion Leads to Higher Employment

A construction worker in a wheelchair

A new study found there is a higher rate of employment among people with disabilities in states where Medicaid has been expanded.

People with disabilities are more likely to be employed in states where Medicaid coverage has been expanded as part of the Affordable Care Act.

New research published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health found the number of people who report not working due to their disability has decreased significantly in states where Medicaid has expanded. In states where the program has not expanded, neither trend has been observed.

“In effect, Medicaid expansion is acting as an employment incentive for people with disabilities,” the researchers wrote, according to a press release