Of the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid, 15 have gubernatorial races in November—setting the stage for potential Medicaid expansion in 2015.Our infographic shows the five states where the outcome of the governor’s race could be pivotal.
For millions of uninsured Americans, the midterm gubernatorial races in more than a dozen states will determine whether they can get access to affordable health care through Medicaid expansion.
Of the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid, 15 have gubernatorial races in November—setting the stage for potential Medicaid expansion in 2015.
When more than 300 advocates gathered at Families USA’s first annual health policy conference to discuss how to preserve and strengthen Medicaid, health reform was still a goal on the horizon. That was January 1996. Today, we’re gearing up for Families USA’s 20th Health Action Conference
With the 2014 elections behind them, governors and other lawmakers in the nation’s Western states are taking a hard look at expanding Medicaid. In the nation’s largest state, Alaska, the new governor may soon expand Medicaid to more than 40,000 low-income Alaskans. Independent Governor William Walker, a former Republican who upset incumbent Sean Parnell in the November election, took office on December 1. During his campaign, Walker promised to expand Medicaid.
With the new year under way, now is the time to finalize your plans to attend Health Action 2015—one of the nation’s biggest gatherings of health care advocates—which will take place January 22-24 in Washington, D.C. In addition to skills-building workshops and networking, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
As Tennessee begins its new legislative session, Gov. Bill Haslam is urging legislators to support his plan to expand Medicaid in the Volunteer State. Business leaders in the state are endorsing the plan—Insure Tennessee—for its economic impact and its benefit to low-income workers.
Haslam has called for a special session of the legislature to meet February 2 to approve his Insure Tennessee plan, which would amend the state’s current Medicaid waiver.
Republicans swept the governor’s races last November, dashing hopes that those who opposed Medicaid expansion would be replaced in 2015. Instead, Republican governors put their alternative proposals on statehouse agendas in the South and the West, pitting them against GOP lawmakers. Some legislative sessions will be wrapping up this month and those Medicaid expansion proposals are generating some political battles, as you’ll see below.
States that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are seeing major budget savings, according to reports released in the past month. These budget savings coupled with new data linking Medicaid expansion to job growth in the health care sector add to the reasons why the program makes good sense for states.
After the 2014 elections, the predictions for Medicaid expansion were full of doom and gloom. But as lawmakers begin to close out their sessions in 2015, there are signs of progress and hope that opposition to Medicaid expansion is eroding. Montana offers the most recent case for optimism, this week becoming the 30th state (including D.C.) to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
While Congress wrestles with budget reconciliation and takes another swipe at the Affordable Care Act, most state lawmakers are back at their day jobs and finished with legislative business for the year. The 2015 sessions produced a few highlights, and some lowlights, for health care advocates. Lawmakers continued to grapple with full implementation of the ACA, but some looked beyond the health care law to move their states toward a health reform 2.0 agenda. Below we note some of the significant work this year in state capitals.