We need to organize and mobilize NOW around Medicaid and Block Grants. Policy should never depend on who we deem worthy. Policy should be dependent on need.
What we know
Medicaid is our most cost-effective option
- Medicaid provides low or no cost coverage for over 80 million low-income Americans. In any given month, Medicaid served 31 million children, 19 million adults (mostly low-income working parents), 5 million seniors, and 9 million persons with disabilities.
- Medicaid is more cost effective and provides better coverage than private insurance. Medicaid’s costs per beneficiary are substantially lower and have been growing more slowly than for private insurance. Medicaid provides more comprehensive benefits than private insurance at significantly lower out-of-pocket cost to beneficiaries, but its lower payment rates to health care providers and lower administrative costs make the program very efficient.
- Medicaid expansion saves money! Many states that have expanded Medicaid have found that it has produced net savings for their budgets. Hospitals in expansion states are treating fewer uninsured patients, and the amount of uncompensated care they are providing is declining steeply.
Medicaid fights poverty
- Medicaid lifted 2.6 million people out of poverty in 2010. The program cut poverty most among adults with disabilities, children, seniors, Black and Latino communities. Medicaid beneficiaries were 40 percent less likely to go into medical debt or leave other bills unpaid in order to cover medical expenses, and Medicaid coverage nearly eliminated catastrophic out-of-pocket medical costs. Given the historical inequity in wealth between Black and White households- Medicaid plays an important role in addressing inequities by lifting up Black enrollees out of poverty.
Medicaid has long term health protections
- Medicaid has long term health and economic benefits for enrollees. Children who are eligible for Medicaid do better in school and miss fewer school days due to illness or injury. They‘re also likelier to finish high school, attend college, and graduate from college. Kids who are eligible for Medicaid earn more as adults and experience fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations, research shows.
Medicaid KEEPS BLACK WOMEN ALIVE
- The ACA was designed to extend Medicaid to low income adults to ensure that health insurance was accessible for all. States sued and this mandate was removed and states were allowed to decide whether they would extend Medicaid. States such as Texas that didn't expand Medicaid have the highest rates of uninsurance and also the highest rates of illnesses and even deaths. For example- Black women in Texas have the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world. 60 percent of maternal deaths occur six weeks after birth - at a time when Medicaid coverage for pregnant women expires. (source)