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Medicaid Expansion: Bring Our Tax Dollars Home

Update June 7, 2018: Since 2014, the Medicaid scene has changed, the information in the blog below was determined prior to the federal match reduction. For updated Medicaid information, please visit our Rural Health page and check out Rural Health notes near the bottom of the page.


Nebraska is leaving a lot of money on the table. So are other states that haven’t expanded their Medicaid program for low-income residents as the Affordable Care Act provided.

Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low.

It was the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. (In the third quarter of 2013, just before the health insurance marketplaces opened, the national uninsured rate was the highest ever.)

Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. She was on her way to becoming bedridden.

Thus I began learning my way around the kitchen at age five. When I started school a year later, it was my responsibility to walk the two blocks home during lunch period and prepare a meal for mom.

Millions of Americans Enroll for Health Insurance

The initial health insurance enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act has come and gone. Early figures are promising. They show 7.5 million Americans have enrolled in private insurance through the federal and state marketplace. This figure met both administration goals and Congressional Budget Office projections for the initial ACA open enrollment period.
 

Keep Calm and Carry on with Healthcare.gov

Officially, the open period for enrolling in the new healthcare marketplace expired at midnight, March 31st. However, consumers who began their enrollment through healthcare.gov or the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Call Center and, through no fault of their own, have been unable to complete the process by the deadline have been granted a special enrollment extension. Consumers enrolling after March 31st will have to attest that they tried to enroll prior to the end of open enrollment.

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