Support ACA Medicaid Expansion in Undecided States
The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will bring to light the much anticipated Medicaid expansion policies that serve to increase coverage to low-income families and individuals. However, individual states will decide weather to accept federal funds for their Medicaid programs. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost to states would be about 0.3% over what they already spend on Medicaid. Yet, 15 states currently oppose an expansion of Medicaid. The Medicaid expansion would reduce the number of uninsured and the amount of uncompensated care. The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) endorses the need for Medicaid expansion across all 50 states and call for state legislative bodies to expand health care coverage to the low-income and uninsured.