Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nearly 50,000 Texas Veterans Will Miss Out on Medicaid Expansion

On the heels of Memorial Day, the Urban Institute reports that 1.3 million veterans are uninsured, and more than a quarter of a million (258,600) will remain uninsured even though they would qualify for Medicaid once Medicaid expansion takes effect next January. That’s because these veterans live in states that opted to not expand Medicaid.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required states to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. That equates to an annual income of $15,415 for an individual and $32,527 for a family of four, but last year’s Supreme Court decision made this mandate optional. As a result, 14 states opted to not expand Medicaid. Twelve states still remain undecided.

Stateline has more on the report, including an infographic — check it out.

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