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.
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.
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.
New Study from the Commonwealth Fund Finds that Forgoing Medicaid Expansion Would Cost State Residents Billions of Tax Dollars
News about the benefits of expanding Medicaid just keeps coming. On December 5, 2013, the Commonwealth Fund published a study looking at the financial benefits for states that expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This new study takes a slightly different look at what Medicaid expansion could mean for state finances: It finds that states that reject the Medicaid expansion are costing their residents billions of dollars in taxes.
Last week, Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota announced that he, too, would support the Medicaid expansion in his state. This makes four Republican governors who have decided to accept federal assistance to expand health coverage to their residents.
In her State of the State address on Monday, Governor Brewer announced that Arizona will participate in the Medicaid expansion. Governor Brewer is now the third Republican governor to make the decision to expand health coverage through Medicaid.
This blog was originally posted on the Center for Budget and Policies Priorities's Off the Chart's blog.
This blog was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com.
Throughout this election season, there has been considerable debate concerning the future of our nation's health care system. With the elections behind us, we can determine the key policy directions that will likely shape health coverage and care for the foreseeable future. At least four are worth noting.
On Tuesday, America voted to reelect Barack Obama for another four years in office. It was a momentous victory, not only for progressives, but for the health care justice movement.