The current stance of our Governor and House of Representatives regarding expansion of Medicaid is utterly wrong. Now the Florida Chamber of Commerce has reversed course and said that the issues of Medicaid and LIP should be separate. Here’s the thing; LIP is a contract that expires in June. I can’t fathom how the State can force the federal government to renew the contract. In the meantime, 850,000 people go without insurance; they continue to use emergency rooms as their primary care physician-for which they cannot pay-and guess who pays for that.
The following is from the Miami Herald September 2, 2014.
If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states _ while receiving nothing in return.
This massive exodus of federal tax dollars from 2013 through 2022 would pay 37 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid in the 27 remaining states and Washington, D.C., over that time.
Most of the money, nearly $88 billion, would come from taxpayers in just five non-expansion states: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
The findings are part of a McClatchy analysis of data from the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research center that’s advised states on implementing the health care law, the Affordable Care Act