Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say
Texas refused to accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. In the process, Texas is throwing away over 100 billion dollars that could be used to provide health care to its poor and indigents. One-quarter of the uninsured in the United States are Texans. In effect every year that they refuse it, they are sentencing thousands of Texans to death.
One hopes Texans will listen to the following NPR piece. They must force the hand of the immorally and fiscally incompetent Republican politicians that are hurting them.
What is the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare?
ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion is one of the biggest milestones in health care reform. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion expands Medicaid to our nation’s poorest in order cover nearly half of uninsured Americans. However, a change to the law will leave millions of working families without coverage by 2016.
You can sign up for Medicaid and CHIP 365 days a year. You may qualify for free or low-cost care for Medicaid based on income and family size ($16,105 individual $32,913 for a family of four in 2015). If you think you are eligible for Medicaid, you can sign up for Medicaid now (you can even get coverage retroactively if you qualified but didn’t enroll).
If your state did not expand Medicaid and you have been denied Medicaid coverage, you are exempt from the mandate to obtain insurance and won’t owe the fee. If you apply for a hardship exemption at HealthCare.Gov, you will qualify to shop for catastrophic coverage.