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Research Roundup 6/8: The Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion, Closing the Wage Gap for Women, A Guide to the Senate Immigration Bill, and More

For States That Opt Out Of Medicaid Expansion: 3.6 Million Fewer Insured And $8.4 Billion Less In Federal Payments [Rand Corp.]
"The US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act in 2012 allowed states to opt out of the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion. Since that ruling, fourteen governors have announced that their states will not expand their Medicaid programs.... With fourteen states opting out, we estimate that 3.6 million fewer people would be insured, federal transfer payments to those states could fall by $8.4 billion, and state spending on uncompensated care could increase by $1 billion in 2016, compared to what would be expected if all states participated in the expansion. These effects were only partially mitigated by alternative options we considered. We conclude that in terms of coverage, cost, and federal payments, states would do best to expand Medicaid."

Closing the Wage Gap: How Raising the Minimum Wage Promotes Fair Pay for Women [National Women's Law Center]
"Women working full time, year round typically make only 77 percent of what their male counterparts make -- leaving a wage gap of 23 cents on the dollar. One reason for this gap is that women are concentrated in low-wage jobs: two-thirds of minimum wage workers and workers in tipped occupations are women, disproportionately women of color.  Raising the minimum wage would help close this gap by increasing wages for workers at the bottom of the spectrum.  Raising the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage are important steps towards fair pay for women -- especially women of color."

State Policies in Brief: An Overview of Abortion Laws [Guttmacher Institute]
"Since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, states have constructed a lattice work of abortion law, codifying, regulating and limiting whether, when and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion. The following table highlights the major provisions of these state laws. More detailed information can be found by selecting the table column headings in blue. Except where noted, the laws are in effect, although they may not always be enforced. (As of June 1, 2013)"

A Guide to S.744: Understanding the 2013 Senate Immigration Bill [Immigration Policy Center]
"The Immigration Policy Center has written this guide to provide policymakers, the media, and the public with an easy-to-understand guide to the main components of S. 744 and the purpose behind them. The guide follows the structure of the bill, with a separate section addressing the cost-benefit analysis of S. 744, a resources page, and a glossary."
 

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