October 22, 2023

10 Medicaid holdout states scramble to improve health coverage

Anna Claire Voller writes:

"The Republican-led states that have refused to expand Medicaid are trying a variety of strategies to save struggling hospitals and cover more people without full expansion, which was one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Georgia passed a partial expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health coverage to low-income and disabled Americans, earlier this year. States such as Alabama and Florida have bumped up spending on programs that serve specific populations, such as pregnant women or residents with mental health needs. And Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves last month floated a plan to use federal money to increase Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals.


Florida, too, has tried more limited alternatives to full expansion, said Erica Monet Li, policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a nonpartisan and nonprofit research organization based in Orlando.

'Every legislative session we see small bills that legislators try to pass for certain Medicaid-ineligible populations,' said Li. One example, she said, was a bill from this year’s legislative session that would have expanded Medicaid for certain disabled populations; it died in committee."

Read more at floridaphoenix.com

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