Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:19 PM
Omaha Steve (45,081 posts)
Wisconsin expanding Medicaid could cover more than 274,000 lacking insurance
Source: Workers Independent News
By Doug Cunningham
If the state of Wisconsin expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act it could cover 274,000 people who lack health insurance now. It could create 10,500 new jobs and inject the states economy with $1.3 billion in additional economic activity. Thatís according to a Families USA report. Families USA Director Ron Pollack.
: ďThe Medicaid expansion is a win, win, win proposition for the people of Wisconsin. It will reduce the number of people who canít afford health care, it will increase the number of jobs throughout the state and it will strengthen the stateís economy.Ē
Six Republican governors have said they will take federal money to expand Medicaid. Eleven GOP governors have refused to use the Affordable Care Act to deliver more health insurance coverage to the poor. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isnít opting for the full expansion of Medicaid provided for in the Affordable Care Act either, meaning thousands of low-income Wisconsin residents either wonít be covered under Medicaid or will be pushed into federal health insurance exchanges. Wisconsin Democratic Congressman Ron Kind.
: ďItís extremely disappointing. I called on him a few weeks back to accept the offer, follow the lead of other prominent Republican governors throughout the nation, make this easy call, do the right thing for the people of Wisconsin. But it appears as if heís going the opposite direction.Ē
FULL story AND audio version at link here: WIN Labor Report: February 14, 2013
Read more: http://www.laborradio.org/Channels/story.aspx?ID=1887625
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