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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.
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http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Oct, 23 As Medicaid Director Announces Departure, Kansas Delays Details On New Program Gov. Sam Brownback had promised that state officials would release plans for a new version of the privatized Medicaid program last Friday but that was delayed, and officials surprised reporters with news that the medicaid director was leaving. In other news, Oklahoma doctors likely to feel the pinch... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Oct, 20 As Medicaid Enrollment Stabilizes, States Seeing Modest Rise In Spending The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of 50 states looks at changes expected in Medicaid programs. In other Medicaid news, Pennsylvania's governor vetoes a bill that would impose work requirements for enrollees, Louisiana lawmakers weigh new contracts for managed care companies and New Hampsh... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Oct, 19 Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits States are adding a variety of services, including expansions of mental health and substance abuse treatments and dental care, according to a 50-state survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Oct, 18 Viewpoints: In Defense Of Sanctuary Hospitals; Medicare, Medicaid Funding Fairness For Puerto Rico A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Oct, 18 Michigan Officials Bring Home A Message About Impact Of Medicaid Cuts At a community forum, a diverse group of officials point out how proposals to cut federal funding to Medicaid could play out in Michigan. Also in Medicaid news, Maine voters weigh whether to expand the program there and Indiana hospitals are buying or leasing nursing homes to increase federal fundin... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Oct, 18 Chasing Millions In Medicaid Dollars, Hospitals Buy Up Nursing Homes The strategy has been used mostly in Indiana, where many county-owned hospitals purchased or leased nursing homes to take advantage of a wrinkle in Medicaid payment rules and augment federal reimbursements. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Tue, Oct, 17 In Maine, Medicaid Expansion Goes Before Voters As the Trump administration takes steps to weaken provisions of the Affordable Care Act, voters in Maine are being asked whether the state should embrace Medicaid expansion, a central plank of the law. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Tue, Oct, 17 Federal Medicaid Officials Approve Extension Of Kansas’ Managed Care Program For One-Year The Obama administration had denied the extension and said the program did not have sufficient oversight. Kansas officials submitted a corrective action plan and the Trump administration has approved that. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Tue, Oct, 17 Federal Medicaid Officials Approve Extension Of Kansas’ Managed Care Program For One-Year The Obama administration had denied the extension and said the program did not have sufficient oversight. Kansas officials submitted a corrective action plan and the Trump administration has approved that. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Oct, 16 In Maine, Medicaid Expansion Goes Before Voters As the Trump administration takes steps to weaken provisions of the Affordable Care Act, voters in Maine are being asked whether the state should embrace Medicaid expansion, a central plank of the law. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org
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Dear Legislator,
We urge you to expand Medicaid in your state. Under Medicaid expansion, all people regardless of disease who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line will qualify for Medicaid. And, if your state expands coverage, the federal government will pay at least 90 percent of the costs. It is good for the health of your community and your economy.

Around 15 million additional citizens will receive benefits if all states choose to expand. The federal match rate will never drop below 90 percent. The means with a $76 billion investment by the states, the federal government will pay $952 billion in matching funds. That’s a healthier and wealthier America.

Expanding Medicaid coverage is a good idea because it will:

  • Reduce mortality rates
  • Lead to an increase in the well being of individuals
  • Increase health care access and use among beneficiaries
  • Reduce the spread of infectious disease
  • Reduce health disparities

We all need expansion because COVERAGE COUNTS!