States’ refusal to expand Medicaid leaves millions uninsured

While Tuesday marked the launch of statewide health insurance exchanges that promise to provide millions of Americans with affordable health care, throngs of poor and uninsured residents face a gap in insurance coverage that the sweeping legislation will do nothing to fix.
According to data analysis released by The New York Times Thursday, as many as 8 million people will remain outside of health care coverage envisioned under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, because they live in states that have refused extensions to Medicaid, the national health insurance program for the poor.
Currently, 26 states — all with Republican governors or Republican-controlled legislatures — have thus far declined Medicaid expansion, leaving the health care situation of millions of uninsured people unchanged.

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States’ refusal to expand Medicaid leaves millions uninsured

While Tuesday marked the launch of statewide health insurance exchanges that promise to provide millions of Americans with affordable health care, throngs of poor and uninsured residents face a gap in insurance coverage that the sweeping legislation will do nothing to fix.

According to data analysis released by The New York Times Thursday, as many as 8 million people will remain outside of health care coverage envisioned under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, because they live in states that have refused extensions to Medicaid, the national health insurance program for the poor.

Currently, 26 states — all with Republican governors or Republican-controlled legislatures — have thus far declined Medicaid expansion, leaving the health care situation of millions of uninsured people unchanged.

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Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images