Obama care is here and many people without health insurance are signing up. Please find below information to help everyone interested to understand the impact on the Medicaid program.
1. Expands Medicaid to our Nation’s poorest in order to cover nearly half of uninsured Americans
2. Supreme court ruling allows States to opt-out of Medicaid Expansion without losing federal funding but leaving millions without coverage. At this time eligibility for Medicaid varies from State to State.
3.This ruling affects taxpayers by forcing us to pay for States that choose not to help their poorest. Those who fall through the cracks will either use emergency services or purchase subsidized health insurance through the marketplace. The problem is that this will likely raise everyone’s health insurance, including those with private insurance.
4. Medicaid expansion expands Medicaid eligibility to all individuals and families below the 138% Federal poverty level. This includes many groups who were not previously eligible. By the previous guidelines, only children, disabled and adults over 65 were eligible for Medicaid in NY. Most people between 18 and 65 were not eligible.
5. In States that do expand Medicaid, all legal residents that earn less than $15,302 for individuals and $31,155 for a family of 4 can receive Medicaid under Medicaid expansion.
6. New York already expanded Medicaid between 2000 and 2005. Rates of uninsured residents dropped, access to care improved, and more people reported being in very good or excellent health.
7. Medicaid Expansion will raise the amount doctors get paid to the same level of Medicare and increasing payment so Medicaid programs that offer preventive services for free or little cost.
8. New free preventive services include tests for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Many cancer screenings, including colonoscopies and mammograms are now free. Also counseling to help people lose weight, quit smoking and reduce alcohol use, and routine vaccinations and flu shots are free of charge.
9. The Federal government will pay 100% of the cost of Medicaid expansion in the first year, and 90% moving forward.
10. If Medicaid Expansion is opted-out by too many States, it will greatly diminish the effectiveness and affordability of Obama care.
Be Well, Feel Good. Holly