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..."
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.