What seemed like a long shot – covering a million uninsured Floridians – quickly became a real possibility in February when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his support for expanding Medicaid coverage with significant financial help from the Affordable Care Act. But high hopes turned to major disappointment when the legislative session ended without a Continue Reading
Texas unfortunately boasts the nation’s highest uninsured rate at a stunning 1 out 4 residents. The impact of this massive number of uninsured Texans is seen in overcrowded emergency rooms, rapidly rising health insurance premiums, and some of the nation’s highest property tax rates — not to mention the untreated health problems facing this struggling Continue Reading
Today Texas moved one step further towards potentially reducing the state’s vast population of low-income working uninsured people. HB 3791 was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on a 15 to 9 vote. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration. Dubbed the “Texas Solution” to expanding coverage in the state, the Continue Reading
It’s rare these days when hospitals, doctors, businesses and politicians of all stripes agree on a new health care 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 health care, refusing their fair share of health Continue Reading
Consumers Union story sharer Jean Vincent is featured in a NY Times article about expanding Medicaid in Florida and other states to cover low-income working adults.
DeAnn Friedholm, Director of Health Reform for Consumers Union, spoke to a rally at the Texas Capitol to push for expanding Medicaid to all low-income adults.
After months of opposition, Florida Gov. Rick Scott today announced his support for expanding Medicaid to all low-income Florida families as envisioned by the federal health reform law. Scott’s announcement makes him the seventh conservative Governor to support expanding the health care program to citizens with very low incomes (those earning below 138 percent of Continue Reading
Click on the map to see the latest on where each state stands on Medicaid expansion. Remember though, in some cases Governors have indicated their support to expand Medicaid but the state legislature still must act. For the first three years, the Medicaid expansion is fully funded by money set aside by the Affordable Care Continue Reading
Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced her support for making Medicaid available to all low-income Arizona residents as envisioned by the health reform law. Brewer became the fourth Republican Governor to support expanding Medicaid with federal funds set aside by the health care law. This recent wave of Republican Governors supporting expansion proves further that Continue Reading
Content excerpted from Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know Now, Consumer Reports. Medicaid is a joint federal- and state-funded program. Currently it provides health care for 60 million low-income Americans, mostly children, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities, and elderly people who need help at home or live in nursing homes. While state eligibility Continue Reading