Why Texas should expand Medicaid

Governor Abbott has an opportunity to do the right thing for Texas and provide Medicaid expansion for the estimated one million Texans earning less than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). These people do not earn enough to qualify for premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Their only health care option is to either forego treatment or go to the emergency room where you and I pick up the bill. Medicaid expansion would save our state an estimated one billion dollars in uncompensated health care costs and produce more than 200 thousand jobs by putting that one billion dollars into the Texas economy. Twenty-seven states have already provided Medicaid expansion including four states that used waivers to allow premium assistance instead of expansion of traditional Medicaid.

Texas can do better than this!

Reference article posted 10 February 2015 on the Texas Monthly website titled “On the Evidence for Medicaid Expansion” by Phillip Martin. “The economic evidence for Medicaid expansion is solid. Evaluating it from a health care standpoint is a no-brainer.” http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/evidence-medicaid-expansion

 

Another great article on Medicaid expansion in Texas from the Los Angeles Times Business Section / The Economy Hub, by Michael Hiltzik, dated 30 Dec 2014. “The serial capitulation of red-state governors to the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act has left the holdouts increasingly isolated.” http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-is-texas-about-to-fall-20141230-column.html

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