Millions Fall Through Medicaid-Obamacare Coverage Gap

Monday, 10 Feb 2014 06:21 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Millions of Americans who live in states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage in conjunction with the Affordable Health Care Act earn too little to purchase federally subsidized private insurance, yet don't qualify for state Medicaid coverage, The Wall Street Journal reported.

People such as Ernest Maiden, 57, of Birmingham, Ala., are caught in a coverage gap. Maiden earns about $200 a week working in a beauty salon. He does not earn enough to meet the criteria for federal subsidies and does not qualify for Medicaid coverage. If Maiden earned another $1,300 annually, he would qualify for federal subsidies.

About 30,000 people in the Birmingham area, like Maiden, would qualify for Medicaid if coverage were expanded.

Obamacare was supposed to cover working poor people like Maiden by expanding Medicaid. But Alabama, along with 23 other Republican-led states, begged off Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court struck down the law's requirement that states had to expand their Medicaid coverage.

This leaves people who earn too little to qualify for federal help buying coverage and too much to qualify under Alabama's Medicaid program without medical insurance.

Officials in states that have not expanded Medicaid, including Alabama, say doing so would be prohibitively expensive and would make people more dependent on government.

Some GOP-led states, including New Hampshire and Utah, are trying to address the coverage gap — which has also affected hospitals that are no longer being reimbursed for their treatment of uninsured people.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he and state legislators are working on a plan to expand Medicaid to deal with about 60,000 poor residents who don't have access to health care.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

GOP's Tom Cotton Thanks Troops for Sacrifices on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 09:22 AM

Senator-elect Tom Cotton delivered the GOP's weekly address on Thanksgiving Day, thanking the military for its sacrifice . . .

Early Casualty of Obama Amnesty: Tax Breaks for Working Americans

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:54 AM

Behind-the-scenes bargaining between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Rep. Dave Camp on a bundle of about-to-ex . . .

Gallup: Only 27% of Working-Class Whites Support Obama

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:33 AM

And 41 percent of white college graduates approve of President Obama's job performance , the largest gap between working . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved