Cosigners of the letter include: Reps.
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RE: Permanently Close the Coverage Gap in Reconciliation to Improve the Health of our Neighbors in Non-Expansion States
Thank you for your longstanding leadership on increasing and protecting comprehensive, quality, affordable health care for so many Americans. We have taken monumental steps to improve health care for Americans, but unfortunately too many hardworking individuals and families across America are currently without coverage that would safeguard their health and their pocketbook. For too long, politicians in our states have played politics with the lives of the 2.2 million people who would qualify for Medicaid expansion./1 As Congressional members from the 12 non-expansion states, we strongly urge you to include language to permanently close the Medicaid coverage gap in reconciliation.
We have heard from our constituents about how having quality, affordable health care would help address health and financial disparities. As members of the Tri-Caucus wrote in a letter last month, "Closing the coverage gap is one of the single most important steps we can take to reduce health inequities across
We must seize the opportunity to take action now to close the coverage gap by including language to do so in the upcoming reconciliation package. Just last week, a group of House members introduced a bill that would establish a Medicaid-fall back option./5 We could also build off the successful
Permanently closing the coverage gap is vital to ensuring all Americans have health care, economic security and better health outcomes. We have a unique opportunity with reconciliation to finally tear down the remaining barriers to health coverage for our neighbors in non-expansion states. We stand ready to work with you to push this policy over the finish line and get all Americans covered.
See co-signers here: https://castor.house.gov/uploadedfiles/final_coverage_gap_letter.pdf
1/ Solomon, J. (2021,
2/Kelly, R.L., Clark. Y., Beatty, J., Chu, J., & Ruiz, R., Tri-Caucus Letter to Close Medicaid Coverage Gap (117AD). https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kci68orcrob34b9/AABts_W-T9L2CN8-GsJKvXjBa?dl=0&preview=Tri-Caucus+Medicaid+to+Close+Medicaid+Coverage+Gap+WH.pdf
3/ Whitener, K., Snider, M., & Corcoran, A. (2021, July). Expanding Medicaid Would Help Close Coverage Gap for Latino Children and Parents. https://ccf.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Expanding-Medicaid-Would-Help-Close-Coverage-Gap-for-Latino-Children-and-Parents.pdf
4/ Alker, J., & Corcoran, A. (2021,