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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  
In The News
http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 Senators Lay Out Demands on Health Bill Senate Republican leaders pushing for a health-care vote this week juggled objections from all corners of the GOP caucus over the weekend, with issues such as Medicaid and insurance regulations remaining key holdups. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 Senators Lay Out Demands on Health Bill Senate Republican leaders pushing for a health-care vote this week juggled objections from all corners of the GOP caucus over the weekend, with issues such as Medicaid and insurance regulations remaining key holdups. Source: wall street journal http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 GOP’s Politically Volatile Move To Cut Medicaid Spending Would Impact Consumers, States The Associated Press and New York Times offer analyses of how the fundamental changes in the Medicaid program being considered by Congress could impact average Americans. The Wall Street Journal also delves into a new controversy about the disparity in Medicaid funding for hospitals in the Senate pl... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 ‘It’s Too Important Not To Get Right’: Trump Supporters Decry Cuts They Say Will Exacerbate Opioid Crisis There are fears that the Medicaid cuts proposed in the GOP bill will make the already raging opioid epidemic worse. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 Research Roundup: AHCA’s Impact On Medicaid; Hearing Aids In Free Clinics Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 The Medicaid Debate: Does The Senate GOP Plan Mean Reform Or Is It Just Plain Mean Editorial writers take hard-line positions on how the pending GOP repeal-and-replace plans would reduce funding for the low-income health insurance program and change its structure. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 GOP’s Politically Volatile Move To Cut Medicaid Spending Would Impact Consumers, States The Associated Press and New York Times offer analyses of how the fundamental changes in the Medicaid program being considered by Congress could impact average Americans. The Wall Street Journal also delves into a new controversy about the disparity in Medicaid funding for hospitals in the Senate pl... Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 In The End, Even The Middle Class Would Feel GOP Cuts To Nursing Home Care Medicaid pays for two-thirds of nursing home residents, but some recipients don’t even know they’re on it. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 Texas Hospitals Fear Losing $6.2B Medicaid Deal  Texas is asking the Trump administration to renew a 2011 agreement set to expire in December that helps pay hospitals’ costs of caring for the state’s uninsured residents. Source: kaiser health news http://www.coverage-counts.org Mon, Jun, 26 Senators Lay Out Demands on Health Bill Senate Republican leaders pushing for a health-care vote this week juggled objections from all corners of the GOP caucus over the weekend, with issues such as Medicaid and insurance regulations remaining key holdups. Source: wall street journal 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.