Persuasive Essay On Medicaid

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As part of the Affordable Care Act, beginning this year Medicaid will expand eligibility to include all uninsured individuals under the age of 65 whose incomes fall at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, or about $32,500 for a family of four. However, the 2012 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law also allowed states more flexibility concerning what parts of the ACA they can implement and said that those same states would not lose federal funding for their existing programs. This result would leave the decision to opt out of the law's provision into the hands of state legislators. While twenty-six states have chosen to expand healthcare coverage, twenty-one states have not and four have yet to make a decision. The state of Florida is among those not seeking to expand coverage and that decision alone could cost Florida millions of dollars a year in tax penalties. As conservative and liberal state lawmakers square off into a maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people, thousands of uninsured Floridians will be caught in the crossfire.
Implemented (along with Medicare) as a part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, Medicaid’s original purpose was to improve the health of the working poor who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their families. Medicaid also assisted low income seniors with cautionary provisions that paid for the costs of nursing facility care and other medical expenses such as premiums and copayments that were not covered through Medicare. Eligibility for Medicaid is usually based on the family’s or individual’s income and assets. When the ACA came into effect in 2010, it began to work with the states to develop a plan to better coordinate the two ...

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...wing 56,000 new positions under ACA provisions. Florida businesses could also suffer if state lawmakers do not expand Medicaid. It could cost Florida businesses as much as $253 million a year in tax penalties, and companies with 50 or more employees may face IRS penalties if workers get subsidized health insurance through the new exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Deirdre Macnab, state president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, expressed her concerns about the stalled bill. "This is the largest economic stimulus opportunity that the state of Florida has had in decades and right now we only have one person that's saying no. That's why we've enlisted the business community because they are a very important voice in the state. They understand the power of an investment and good health has on their employees of the competitiveness of our state." (AP 2014).

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