States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds

The 20 states rejecting Medicaid expansion are leaving billions of dollars in federal funds on the table, even as the taxpayers of those states pay for the expansion costs for states that accept the deal.

2 comments on "States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds"
Todd (12/15/2013 at 11:40 AM)

"In addition to improving access to care and financial security for the newly insured..." Exactly how does this expansion guarantee access? Providers have to take on all those additiona patients at low reimbursements.
Robert Trinka (12/5/2013 at 5:02 PM)

Irrespective of the short run benefits to a state of expanding Medicaid and accepting Federal funds, the fact is that expanding the Medicaid program will create massive liabilities for states that are participating. The long run unfunded liabilities of this program will be in the trillions of dollars over the next 10+ years. As a state taxpayer, I fully support my state's decision not to take on these liabilities for a short-term fix. And consider whether the Federal Government will be able to meet its obligations under the program and make the payments to the states as promised - that is not guaranteed. There are other, less expensive and less risky ways to provide healthcare to a state's population.


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