If We Don’t expand Medicaid: Who Will Be Left Out?

March 20th, 2013

If we do not expand Medicaid, not only will the state lose an opportunity to create 9,000 jobs and secure our state’s hospitals, it will also create a coverage gap that our state’s low income working families will fall into. These families are the ones who take care of our young children, prepare our food, care for us when we are sick, and build our homes.  They earn between approximately $10,000 and $30,000 for a family of four and do not have enough to pay for adequate health care.  They earn too much to qualify for the current Medicaid program, but do not earn enough to be eligible for the health insurance exchange and purchase health coverage.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to provide health care coverage for 300,000 Mississippians with 100% of the medical services costs covered by federal funding for the first three years and only as much as ten cents on the dollar after that. 

Author: Sara Miller, Senior Policy Analyst

One Response to “If We Don’t expand Medicaid: Who Will Be Left Out?”

  1. Lisa Holloway says:

    Hi, Sara

    Your blog is very insightful. I am a recently retired RN, and I strongly agree with the need to expand Medicaid in our state. In my previous job, I managed patient outcomes for patients with chronic diseases. I have seen too many working people die young from chronic conditions that could have been managed if they had received primary care. Let me know if I can help in any way. I will call my state congressman when the issue comes up again in January. Your group is doing great work !

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