This infographic shows where states stand on Medicaid expansion.
Turning Medicaid into a block grant would ultimately mean cuts in services to people who need health care the most. It would also put states completely on the hook for unanticipated health care costs.
One of the top priorities of the right-wing group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is stopping Medicaid expansion across the country. And in South Dakota, they’ve stepped up their operations, working to derail expansion discussions in that state.
Extending Medicaid benefits low-income adults, their families, the health care system, and state economies. It is important to maintain the current federal Medicaid financing structure to help keep the program strong.
The Medicaid program is a reliable source of funding for states that bolsters their economies. Medicaid allows states to do more to meet their residents’ health care needs than they could do on their own.
We’ve examined data from 22 states showing that working adults make up the majority of those who could benefit if states expanded Medicaid. View our new infographic and issue brief about the top occupations of the working but uninsured residents in Idaho.
As legislative sessions nationwide come to an end, a look at this map shows that every New England state has voted to expand Medicaid, extending health coverage to thousands of its low-income residents.
Except one: Maine.
Top 9 occupations of the employed but uninsured in Missouri who would benefit from Medicaid expansion
The population that would most benefit from Medicaid expansion in Missouri is the working population, those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,310 for a family of three in 2014). Sixty percent of this population is employed but uninsured.
Access to affordable health coverage is important for everyone, but it is a particularly salient issue for women. Women more often manage multiple chronic conditions and pay more than men in out-of-pocket costs, which makes them particularly vulnerable to health care costs. As a result, their health care needs go unmet, with women routinely foregoing needed services and care. Before the Affordable Care Act, one in four women reported going without needed health care because they could not afford it.
A recent report from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) points to one more reason why expanding health coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) makes good economic sense. Expanding Medicaid can eliminate gaps in the health coverage of those who eventually enroll in Medicare. This drives down Medicare’s costs because enrollees tend to enroll in the program in better health.