By 2026, Colorado will add 22,388 new jobs, increase economic activity by $4.4 billion and raise average annual household earnings by $608 if the state proceeds with the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid eligibility. These predictions are from a recently released report commissioned by the Colorado Health Foundation: Medicaid Expansion: Examining the Impact on Colorado's Economy.
The Colorado Health Foundation sponsors the annual Colorado Health Symposium, one of the premier health care conferences in the country. The 30th edition was last month in Keystone, and one of the highlights was a debate on whether the Affordable Care Act should be repealed. It will be aired on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thursday at 9 p.m. (Channel 6 in Denver, Channel 8 in Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Channel 18 in Grand Junction and Channel 20 in Durango.)