From Alaska to Tennessee, there are renewed calls for Medicaid expansion from activists in Republican-controlled states after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
A Missouri lawmaker last week pre-filed a bill that could revoke the licenses of insurers who offer plans through the Affordable Care Act, directly undermining the federal health law and making affordable health insurance more difficult to find for many Missourians.
Advocates in California are already looking for ways to expand health-care access to the immigrants newly protected from deportation following President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
Health officials in Wyoming last week released a report urging the state to expand Medicaid coverage, adding to the list of Republican-led states advocating for the program’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
In the closing days of the 2014 campaign, the results of the agenda that Brownback championed have put the governor in serious danger of being defeated by a Democratic challenger.
While Congressional Republicans continue to call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of Republican state governors have begun to qualify that position. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday added himself to that list, telling the Associated Press that repealing Medicaid expansion under the ACA is “not gonna happen.”
Amid reports of possible corruption and complaints of long waits for benefits have come calls for an investigation into the Medicaid privatization program championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
The federal Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act would lift current barriers lawful immigrants face in accessing affordable health insurance.
Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.
The plan will result in less access to affordable, consistent birth control for the poor working women of Pennsylvania—which, as the federal birth control mandate demonstrates, is counter to the intention of health-care reform.