States That Rejected Medicaid Expansion Leave Millions Without Healthcare

Thursday, October 03, 2013

A rally for Medicaid. (ProgressOhio, July 20, 2011/flickr)

Can we really call the Affordable Care Act universal healthcare?

Twenty six states controlled by Republicans have rejected the Medicaid expansion component of ACA. The expansion extends Medicaid eligibility to all individuals living underneath 138 percent of the federal poverty level—that includes folks bringing home $26,000 for a family of three and just over $15,000 for an individual.

Medicaid expansion also covers groups currently left out of public health care coverage, including low-income adults without children and many low-income individuals with disabilities.

According to new data analyzed by our partner The New York Times, of the 26 states rejecting Medicaid expansion, roughly 2/3 of the nation's uninsured working poor call those states home.

Joining us on the line to help explain these numbers is Sabrina Tavernise, health reporter for our partner The New York Times.

Guests:

Sabrina Tavernise

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Amy Farnsworth from athens county Ohio

I am a 47 yr old woman who is the wife of a totally disabled Vietnam vet and the mother of a 12 yr old autistic son. I am the only one who can get either of them to their appointments, manage their meds etc. My husband has healthcare through the VA. My son qualifies for Medicaid. Any money I could earn through a job would be deducted entirely from my husbands VA pension check. He gets right at the poverty limit so I can not get ACA coverage since my state did not expand Medicaid. My husband and I both worked hard until it wasn't possible. If something happens to me, all three of us will go down.

Oct. 03 2013 12:40 PM

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