Even if you don’t like Obamacare, this is a good deal for states
By Consumers Union on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
It’s rare these days when hospitals, doctors, businesses and politicians of all stripes agree on a new healthcare policy. But when it comes to expanding Medicaid health coverage to low-income working families, they do.
Unfortunately, some are standing in the way of their citizens getting better healthcare, refusing their fair share of health reform money to help cover these families struggling to make ends meet. Under health reform, states will get 100 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion covered for the first three years, and never pay more than 10 percent of the total cost of expanding health coverage.
We’re working in states like Texas and Florida to make sure families – who deserve the same healthcare choices as other states — aren’t left behind. This month DeAnn Friedholm, CU’s director of health reform, took to the steps of the Texas Capitol to lead residents there in their call to expand coverage to more than one million low-wage earners.
Find out where your state stands on the decision to expand health coverage to the uninsured, treating minor illnesses before they turn into costly medical crises that end up costing us all more. And if your state isn’t on board, take action now by sending an email to your local lawmakers.