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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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For most of her adult life, Ruthe Ann had insurance through her job. In 2004 her employer stopped providing health insurance and in 2008 Ruthe Ann lost her job. In 2009 Ruthe Ann was diagnosed wit...
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http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jul, 21 Perspectives: End The ‘War On Medicaid’; Keep Eyes On Medicaid In Congressional Health Debate Opinion writers examine Medicaid's role in the current effort to replace the health law as well as ideas about controlling the program's costs, ethical issues related to spending down assets to qualify for it and other provocative topics. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jul, 21 Seema Verma’s ‘Street Credibility’ Helps As She Lobbies Senate For Obamacare Replacement Verma is the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a close ally of Vice President Mike Pence after helping him revamp Indiana's Medicaid program. She is frequently on Capitol Hill to meet with wavering lawmakers. News outlets also look at Medicaid provisions in the Senate le... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jul, 21 GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill, pushed a measure Thursday that they said could ease the impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts on low-income people. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Fri, Jul, 21 GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill, pushed a measure Thursday that they said could ease the impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts on low-income people. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jul, 20 GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill, pushed a measure Thursday that they said could ease the impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts on low-income people. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jul, 20 GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill, pushed a measure Thursday that they said could ease the impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts on low-income people. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jul, 20 Administration Working On New Medicaid Plan To Win Support Of Senate Moderates Officials are working up a plan that would offer states even more flexibility for running the program and as much as $200 billion more in funding as part of the bill to replace the federal health law. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Jul, 20 Budget Plan That Lays Groundwork For Tax Reform Includes Deep Safety-Net Cuts The House Budget Committee voted for a plan that would slash $5.4 trillion over the coming decade, including almost $500 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Jul, 19 Collapse Of Health Plan Sends One Clear Message: Don’t Touch Medicaid Medicaid became a sticking point in negotiations and shows just how hard it is to roll back entitlement programs in America. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Tue, Jul, 18 The 3 Republican Women Who Doomed a Senate Repeal of the Health Law Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins shared objections to Medicaid cuts, but also had concerns specific to their states. Source: new york times http://www.coverage-counts.org
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RuthAnn from WI

Coverage-counts.org - Partners - RuthAnn from WI For most of her adult life, Ruthe Ann had insurance through her job. In 2004 her employer stopped providing health insurance and in 2008 Ruthe Ann lost her job.

In 2009 Ruthe Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Because she lacked health insurance, she had to go through Wisconsin's Well Woman program in order to be evaluated and tested. However, this program only provides treatment for women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. Because Ruthe Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she could not receive treatment through the program. Ruthe Ann then applied for and received care through a charity care program at a local hospital for a short time. Ruthe Ann then applied for BadgerCare, Wisconsin's state health care program, but had to wait nearly five months to receive her health insurance card. Shortly after receiving her insurance card, BadgerCare stopped taking new applicants who were not children or pregnant women. RutheAnn is grateful for the charity care and BadgerCare coverage she received.

By expanding Medicaid coverage to all adults living under 138 percent of the federal poverty level, Ruthe Ann would have received care through Medicaid and would not have had to jump through hoops to receive the health coverage she needs.

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