The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” – also included a provision to narrow the expansion of Medicaid, which provides health care coverage for poor Americans, including many young seniors.
Initially, the government proposed that states who refused to expand their coverage of Medicaid to all people under the age of 65 living below 133 percent of the poverty line – or about $14,000 for an individual and about $29,000 for a family – would lose all their federal funding for Medicaid.
The Supreme Court ruled against this provision, allowing states to refuse to expand the program without risk of losing federal funding. States such as Florida and Texas have already threatened to not expand the program.
The federal government is now offering to pay 100 percent of the expansion costs for the first three years, with the percentage gradually declining afterward, as an incentive for states to expand coverage. However, there is no mandate for states to do so.
As many as 3.3 million uninsured young seniors and 16 million older seniors and people with disabilities could be affected if coverage is not expanded, according to the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC).
Paul Nathanson, the executive director of the NSCLC, is calling on constituents to lobby their representatives to make changes to the law to ensure that coverage is available for all Americans. Otherwise, the poorest among us will be at risk of not having access to health care.
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