In late 2015, Lori was in desperate need of cardiology care for her heart condition. Lori was out of money and uninsured. And she lived in Virginia, which has refused to expand Medicaid. Her story illustrates the plight of uninsured people who fall into the coverage gap--ineligible for regular Medicaid but can't afford private insurance.
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.
Report Shows Medicaid Expansion States Beat Oklahoma by Nearly 2 to 1 for Average Decline in Uninsured Workers
Report Shows Medicaid Expansion States Beat Alabama by More Than 2 to 1 for Average Decline in Uninsured Workers
Report Shows Medicaid Expansion States Beat Georgia Nearly 2 to 1 for Average Decline in Uninsured Workers
Medicaid Expansion States Saw Average 25 Percent Decrease in Uninsured Workers, versus 13 Percent for Georgia
Legislative sessions during an election year are historically shorter, more budget-oriented and less controversial than other years. But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act and the tools it provides for increasing health coverage are on the agenda as state lawmakers return to the capitol this month.
In horse racing, it is not a good idea to change jockeys when you have a winner. That is why Governor–elect Matt Bevin should not rush into a decision on Kentucky’s winning approach to health coverage. It is not just the economic case that the new governor should consider. Bevin must grapple with the impact an upheaval in the health care system would have on the state’s low-income workers and their families.
Last month, Congress and President Obama worked out a budget deal that provides relief from the sequester caps, raises the debt ceiling, and prevents a steep scheduled rise in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. Despite this welcome show of bipartisanship, the remainder of this legislative session will likely include continued attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and funding for Planned Parenthood.
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for our nation. But lawmakers in the 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid are missing an important opportunity to give back to veterans, nearly 1 in 10 of whom lack health insurance. By expanding Medicaid, these states can help uninsured veterans and their families.