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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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REASONS TO SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION  
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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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Dear Advocates,

State legislators have returned to work and begun debating crucial health care issues, including whether or not to accept federal dollars to expand health care coverage through Medicaid in your state. Now is the time to act! Write to your legislators and let them know that you care about expanding health care coverage because coverage counts.

Thanks to the health reform law, states now have the opportunity to expand health coverage to thousands of residents who are most in need. This optional expansion will cover all people who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That means if you earn $15,415 (or less than $31,810 for a family of four) you will be covered, regardless of preexisting conditions.

If a state expands health care coverage through Medicaid, the federal government will pay 100 percent of that state’s Medicaid costs until 2016, and 90 percent of the state’s costs until 2020. In addition, health reform provides subsidies for those low- and middle-income individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance.

Using federal dollars to expand health care coverage is a good idea because it will:

  • Reduce mortality rates
  • Provide more people with health care coverage
  • Save money by increasing access to primary care physicians and decreasing use of emergency departments
  • Reduce the spread of infectious disease
  • Provide security to hardworking, low-income families

Tell your elected officials that coverage counts and you want to see federal funds expand access to health care coverage through Medicaid in your state! Reach out to them!

  1. TELL YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR
    THAT COVERAGE COUNTS!

    Use the template language below and information from your state’s fact sheets to write a letter or an email to you legislator about the importance of health care coverage.

    I am writing to urge you to expand Medicaid in [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 our state expands coverage, the federal government will pay at least 90 percent of the costs. It is good for the health of our community and our economy.

    [#] additional citizens will receive benefits if our state chooses to expand. With an investment of only $ [$] million and 9:1 federal matching funds, our state will get an estimated $ [$] million a year, plus save $ [$] million in uncompensated care. That’s a healthier and wealthier [state].

    Expanding Medicaid coverage is a good idea for [state] because it will:

    1. Reduce mortality rates
    2. Lead to an increase in the well being of individuals
    3. Increase health care access and use among beneficiaries
    4. Increase the likelihood that individuals utilize preventative care
    5. Reduce the spread of infectious disease
    6. Reduce health disparities

    We need expansion for those most in need because coverage counts!

    Click HERE to find your State Legislators!

  2. IN PERSON
    Download your state-specific fact sheets and take them to your state legislator to discuss the economic and health benefits of Medicaid expansion, and why it’s necessary to ensure the wellbeing of your states.
  3. REACH OUT TO LOCAL MEDIA
    Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and tell them why Coverage Counts! Feel free to use our sample language to compose that letter:

    To the Editor:

    As our state legislators debate today’s important issues, I urge them to expand health care coverage by accepting federal funds through Medicaid. Expanding coverage will improve the health of [name of state here] residents.

    [Include a brief personalized story about your difficulty with health insurance, if applicable]

    Because of health reform, [name of state here] has the opportunity to expand health coverage for thousands of residents most in need. The Affordable Care Act allows states to extend Medicaid coverage to all adults who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line—$15,415 for an individual or $31,810 for a family of four.

    Expanding health care coverage will be good for our state’s economy. In addition to reducing costs from uncompensated care, the federal government will pay at least 90 percent of Medicaid costs in states that expand coverage—an increase from the 50 percent we currently receive. That means our state will receive [$x – refer to state fact sheet for federal government contribution] in federal contributions for the [$y – refer to state fact sheet for state contribution] we spend.

    I’m working with other patient advocacy groups across the country to encourage our state legislatures to expand health care coverage through Medicaid. Here in [name of state], [$z – refer to state fact sheet for number of individuals covered by expansion] more people could have health care. I urge our elected officials to expand coverage, and learn more at www.coverage-counts.org.