CLICK ON THE MAP or

map usa Washington DC Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii New York Alaska Rhode Island Maine New Hampshire Connecticut Massachusetts Vermont New Jersey Delaware Maryland New York Pennsylvania South Carolina West Virginia Virginia North Carolina Georgia Ohio Florida Michigan Alabama Indiana Kentucky Tennessee Mississippi Illinois Wisconsin Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Iowa Minnesota Kansas Oklahoma North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Texas Colorado New
Mexico Wyoming Montana Utah Idaho Arizona Nevada Washington Oregon California
ENLARGE VIEW

IN THE STATES' HANDS



The Supreme Court decision allows states to choose whether or not to expand health care coverage through Medicaid. If all states approve expansion, more than 15 million uninsured adults will become newly eligible for health insurance.
<< click here for answers >>
to more frequently asked questions
Find out how Medicaid
expansion would help
OVER 3 MILLION WOMEN
GET THE FACTSHEETS!
select your state
TAKE ACTION NOW!
 
shared stories Sally
Sally Grimshaw was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2001. Due to a previous diagnosis of MS at age 28, Sally was forced to leave her job in her early 30s. As a childless adult she did not qua...
READ MORE SHARED STORIES
(or submit your own!)

$$$   $$$   $$$


Find out how expanding health care coverage through Medicaid boosts the state’s economy and creates jobs
5
REASONS TO SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION  
In The News
http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Abortion Adds Obstacle as Republicans Plan to Unveil Health Bill The Republican leadership in the Senate plans to unveil a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but senators remain divided over issues from abortion to Medicaid. Source: new york times http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act and transform a large part of the American health-care system by changing and cutting the underlying funding for Medicaid. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act and transform a large part of the American health-care system by changing and cutting the underlying funding for Medicaid. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act and transform a large part of the American health-care system by changing and cutting the underlying funding for Medicaid. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act and transform a large part of the American health-care system by changing and cutting the underlying funding for Medicaid. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo large parts of the Affordable Care Act, including its expansion of Medicaid and a requirement that most Americans pay a penalty if they don’t have insurance. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo large parts of the Affordable Care Act, including its expansion of Medicaid and a requirement that most Americans pay a penalty if they don’t have insurance. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties Senate Republican leaders released a health overhaul Thursday that would undo large parts of the Affordable Care Act, including its expansion of Medicaid and a requirement that most Americans pay a penalty if they don’t have insurance. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate Bill Poses Risks to Health-Care Companies Senate Republicans’ health overhaul carries big risks for many health-care companies because of its cutbacks to federal Medicaid funding and the uncertain impact of its broad changes to individual health-insurance markets. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jun, 22 Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid Senate Republican leaders released their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they want to hold a vote on the measure next week. Source: new york times http://www.coverage-counts.org
ARE YOU
A POLICY MAKER?

 

What's Happening?

Under the new health reform law, any low-income adults could gain access to federally-funded health care coverage through Medicaid. Each state determines who is eligible for health care under Medicaid; in most states, people who qualify must have a low income and either be under the age of 18, pregnant or have specific diseases. The health reform law gives each state the option to accept federal funding for health coverage and increase access to health care for all people who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,856 for an individual and $30,657 for a family of four in 2012).

Currently, the costs of Medicaid coverage are split evenly between states and the federal government. If states choose to expand health care coverage for their citizens, the federal government will reimburse 100 percent of states' Medicaid costs until 2016, and 90% of states’ costs until 2020. This means federal funds will pay the majority of costs for coverage!

Who are we?

Coverage Counts was created by patient advocacy organizations representing many disease types. We have come together to provide resources to those who believe that using federal funds to expand health care coverage is good for their state's health and economy.

The coalition was convened by the Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP) council -- an umbrella coalition comprised of 63 patient advocacy groups whose mission is to communicate to federal and state policymakers the challenges patients face in accessing care. REAP was founded by the National Patient Advocate Foundation in 2010. REAP’s collective voice assures a wide range of patient concerns are considered in policy development to maximize care access and improved outcomes as well as minimize unintended consequences upon implementation. REAP, through its member entities, contributes information and perspectives regarding important health care decisions to a degree that has not been possible heretofore by health care advocacy groups in the regulatory arena.

What are we going to do?

We will tell state legislators why increasing the number of people with health care coverage is good for the health of their constituents and for their state's economy. As patients, caregivers and providers, we have seen firsthand that coverage counts. We will educate ourselves and take action to ensure the well being of our states and the people who reside in them.

For additional resources regarding the impact of expanding health care coverage in specific states please download the comprehensive report, “The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion,” put out by the Kaiser Family Commission, here. Or read more about The Kaiser
Commission's analysis here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Glaxo Smith Kline Genentech