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- "We really just can't afford to let another hospital shutter its doors because of this issue... [Medicaid expansion] is a no-brainer for the state of
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"I'm not sure that there is anything more important to the future of
WHAT COMMUNITY AND HEALTH LEADERS SAID AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE:
Medicaid is a joint federal and state insurance program that covers medical costs for eligible low-income Americans. In 2010, states were given the option to expand their Medicaid programs to cover people who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Under this deal, the federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion for the first three years, and gradually step down to cover 90 percent permanently.
The SAME Act would ensure that any states that choose to expand Medicaid get a second chance to receive these same levels of federal funding. Under this bill, a state would receive three years of full federal funding, phasing down to a 95 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) in Year 4; a 94 percent federal contribution in Year 5; 93 percent in Year 6; and, 90 percent for each year thereafter.
Thirty-three states and the
RESOURCES: By the Numbers: Medicaid Expansion in