Nationwide Poll: Medicaid Gap is Confusing and Unfair

Gap Between Medicaid Eligibility & Obamacare Subsidies Lacks Public Support

Jun 30, 2014, 10:34 ET from HealthPocket

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HealthPocket has released the results of a nationwide survey of consumer opinion regarding the gap where people can make too much for Medicaid eligibility but too little for Obamacare premium subsidy. Almost 5 million people across the United States fall into this gap. Previous Medicaid research by HealthPocket found that even using the lowest cost health plan on an exchange, the average 30 year-old earning around the poverty level in the gap would spend 14% of income on insurance premiums.

HealthPocket surveyed Americans nationwide, asking, "Is it fair 23 states have a gap where people can make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little for an Obamacare subsidy?" Nearly half of all respondents (46%) believed the gap was unfair.

Public support for the Medicaid Gap, in contrast, appears to be very low. Only one in five respondents believed the Medicaid Gap was fair. Those who believed the gap was fair were far outnumbered by people who believed the gap was unfair. Even those who did not understand the Medicaid Gap outnumbered people who believed the gap was fair. 89% more people polled answered "I don't understand the Medicaid Gap" than answered that the gap was fair.

In the U.S. South, where the Medicaid Gap is most common among states, poll results showed 50% of respondents believed the gap was unfair as compared to 19% who believed it was fair.

HealthPocket notes that while the lack of public support regarding the Medicaid Gap may contribute to ongoing debate on this subject, the elimination of this gap could be accomplished by multiple alternatives including the reduction of minimum income limits for Obamacare premium subsidies or an increase in the maximum income limit for Medicaid participation.

The full results of the survey along with its question and methodology can be reviewed within "Poll: Americans Find Medicaid Gap is Confusing and Unfair" at is a free website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans available to an individual, family, or small business to allow consumers to make their best health plan decision and reduce their out of pocket costs. HealthPocket uses only objective data from government, non-profit, and private sources that carry no conditions that might restrict the site from serving as an unbiased resource. Learn more at

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SOURCE HealthPocket