Lack of Medicaid Expansion in Some States
International Journal of Health Economics and Policy
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages: 27-29
Received: Jan. 7, 2017; Accepted: Jan. 19, 2017; Published: Feb. 15, 2017
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Ejezie Francis Uchechukwu, Department of Social Science, Texas A and M University, Corpus Christi, United States of America
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Abstract
The patient protection and Affordable Care Act became law on march 23rd 2010 and was intended to be fully implemented on January 1, 2014. The reason for this law was to address the systemic health inequalities for millions of Americans who lacked health insurance. A major component of this law is the expansion of Medicaid which is the program for the indigent jointly administered by the federal and state government, with the aim of providing low-income individual with access to insurance coverage. Failure of Medicaid to be expanded in most states in the United States is due to some obstacles which have crippled this aim. One of such obstacle is the supreme court decision of June, 2012 nullifying the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring all states to adopt the Medicaid expansion program. This problem can be tackled by addressing inequalities in social and economic domains as well as the development of a creative expansion program and a user-friendly system.
Keywords
Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Expansion, States
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Ejezie Francis Uchechukwu, Lack of Medicaid Expansion in Some States, International Journal of Health Economics and Policy. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, pp. 27-29. doi: 10.11648/j.hep.20170201.15
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