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Low-income seniors of color skip health care when they hit Medicaid ‘cliff,’ according to new analysis

An elderly man and woman hold hands and walk down a hallway at a nursing home.
Matt Rourke

On today’s episode of The Confluence:

  • A new analysis finds Black and Hispanic older adults are more likely than their white peers to face cost-related barriers to healthcare when their incomes are just above the poverty level. These people face a Medicaid “cliff,” losing access to supplemental Medicaid insurance. We speak to Eric T. Roberts, co-author of this report, about how this cliff affects these adults’ health outcomes, and how it could be mitigated. (0:00 - 8:21) 

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