States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Cost Taxpayers Billions

Today, December 10th, is International Human Rights Day. 
The 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata states that "health, which is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal... The existing gross inequality in the health status of people is politically, socially and economically unacceptable and is, therefore, of common concern."
One way to tackle health inequity is to improve access to health care, but many U.S. states, including southern states such as Mississippi and Alabama- where health inequities are extreme- have opted out of Medicaid expansion.  These policy decisions not only worsen existing health inequities, they are an expensive way to deliver injustice. 
Last week, The Commonwealth Fund released a report that sheds light on just how expensive this will be for taxpayers in various states. From the Commonwealth Fund Report:  "The 20 states choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of expansion in other states... states with the highest net losses include Texas, which will see a net loss of $9.2 billion; Florida, which will lose $5 billion; Georgia, which will lose $2.9 billion..."
Read the press release here. 
Is anyone working on Medicaid expansion on those 20 states that have opted out?  This report may help people realize that Medicaid expansion is better care at lower cost. 

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