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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 Tue, Sep, 19 Senators Release Details Of Children’s Health Insurance Bill As Funding Deadline Approaches The funding authority for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30, but senators have a bipartisan proposal to extend it. Some states are getting nervous. In Medicaid news, a Republican candidate for governor in Ohio breaks with Gov. John Kasich on Medicaid expansio... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Tue, Sep, 19 Medicaid Meanderings: Thoughts On Privatization, Expansion And Attending To The Program Kansas' Medicaid program offers a lens through which one can view various aspects of the ongoing debate over revamping this state-federal program. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Sep, 18 Ohio House Speaker Surveys Colleagues About Overriding Kasich’s Medicaid Expansion Last summer, Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the part of the state's budget bill that would have frozen Medicaid expansion enrollment. Republicans in the House threatened to try to override the veto in July but eventually did not take a vote. Also in Medicaid news, Pennsylvania's governor says that a c... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Sep, 18 Following Tragedy, Nursing Home Vows It Sought Urgent Help Which Contradicts State Officials’ Story One of the executives of the facility where eight residents died in the wake of the hurricane said she repeatedly called a special number given out to nursing homes that needed urgent help, and yet no one came. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott has suspended the home from the state's Medicaid program and a... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Thu, Sep, 14 Arizona High Court To Hear GOP Lawmakers’ Suit Challenging Expansion Of Medicaid The legislators filed suit in 2013 seeking to stop then Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to expand Medicaid under the federal health law. In other Medicaid news, Iowa officials are considering moving people with serious disabilities out of the state's new managed care plan and a federal judge dismissed a ... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Sep, 13 Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come ... Source: los angelas times http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Sep, 13 Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come ... Source: los angelas times http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Sep, 13 Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single payer health plan Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come ... Source: los angelas times http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Sep, 13 Sanders prepares to unveil single-payer health plan, Democrats increasingly support it Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come ... Source: los angelas times http://www.coverage-counts.org Wed, Sep, 13 With $3.75B Deal, Centene Helps Solidify Its Status As A Giant In Medicaid Market The company has announced it is acquiring Fidelis Care, which will give Centene more than 1.6 million members in New York. Source: kaiser health news 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.