Month: April 2014

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

The costs of not expanding Medicaid are too high.

People in Missouri are dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. It’s been happening for years, and it will continue to happen until we expand access. Expanding Medicaid would save 700 lives ever year. 

Expanding Medicaid will save people like Douglas, who died at 23 of cardiac arrest while playing basketball. As a student and part-time worker, Douglas didn’t have insurance, so he ignored the chest pains for several weeks rather than going to the doctor. He left behind a beloved fiancee, a young daughter, and a bright future.

Expanding Medicaid will save people like Robert, who died at 59 of diabetes complications. Robert worked for the same company for 40 years, but when the company was bought out and then downsized, he lost hist job, and ultimately his health insurance. After successfully managing his diabetes for years, Robert lost his life to complications of the disease within a year of losing his health insurance.

Expanding Medicaid will save people like Cindy and Melanie, who both died of cancer that was diagnosed too late. Both were working but uninsured, so they put off going to the doctor. By the time their cancers were diagnosed, it was too late to save their lives. Melanie left behind a loving partner and a small business that they had built together. Cindy left behind two young adult children.

700 more people will die every year that we delay expanding Medicaid. Thousands more will continue to suffer from untreated illnesses or face financial devastation if they get sick or hurt.

Missourians cannot wait any longer for Medicaid Expansion.

Click here and tell your legislators to expand Medicaid THIS YEAR, before we lose any more precious lives. 

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7 Million Americans Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

7 Million Americans Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

We remember.

We remember when those who benefit from an exclusionary insurance system called the Health Insurance Marketplace a “disaster” and insisted nobody would participate.

We remember how hard our movement worked to pass the Affordable Care Act, and then to defend it after it passed.

We remember when Missouri Health Care for All was founded, in 2007, and there was no plan at all for passing a federal health reform law.

As the first enrollment period closed on March 31, 2014, America made history. More than 7 Million Americans have purchased quality, affordable health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, surpassing the original goal for the first year. While we don’t have final numbers for Missouri yet, we expect them to be high.

This victory belongs to all of us.

Whether you told a friend about the new options, helped a family member enroll, worked as an enrollment assister, shared information through social media, or advocated for the passage and protection of the new law, you played an essential role.

Millions of people will now have quality, affordable health insurance – many for the first time in years – because of our collective efforts.

The struggle continues to bring the promise of the Affordable Care Act to the 300,000 Missourians who would benefit from Medicaid Expansion.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the millions of people who have already been helped by the law – and then dive back in to the work ahead.

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Missouri Families Need Medicaid Expansion

Missouri Families Need Medicaid Expansion

Missouri has an opportunity to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to approximately 300,000 Missourians who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $26,000 for a family of three.

Over 25 states have already expanded Medicaid, but Missouri hasn’t. We need our legislators to pass Medicaid Expansion.

Because Missouri hasn’t expanded Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of people are left without any health insurance options.

Lots of people do have access to health insurance in Missouri: Those who get it through a job, those who get discounts through the new health reform system, even people in prison. Who’s left behind? Low-income people and families, most of whom are working or going to school.

Expanding Medicaid will mean:

  • 300,000 of our low-income neighbors, most of whom are working, will get health care.
  • We will close a huge coverage gap. Currently in Missouri, childless adults are unable to qualify for basic health care through Medicaid, and a single mother of two can’t qualify if she makes anything more than $3,612 per year – just 18% of the poverty line.
  • Billions of dollars of Missouri tax dollars will come back into our state.
  • We will save and create 24,000 jobs statewide.
  • We will protect our hospitals from devastating budget cuts, which will result in loss of jobs and services for everyone. In just the past six months, hospitals have either cut or kept vacant more than 3,000 jobs statewide. Expanding Medicaid will bring back these jobs and create thousands more.
  • People with mental illness will be able to access the care they need.
  • Children will have healthier parents.
  • We will save lives. As many as 700 Missourians will die each year until the state expands Medicaid. People without insurance live sicker and they die younger.

Expanding Medicaid benefits all of us.

Expanding Medicaid is the moral thing to do. Listen to this ad to hear from a Missouri pastor why Missouri should expand Medicaid:

And, click here to read a Jewish perspective in support of Medicaid Expansion.

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Expand Medicaid: 5 Easy Actions

Expand Medicaid: 5 Easy Actions

Missouri needs to expand Medicaid for the 300,000 people who would benefit from Expansion. We will only succeed if enough people across the state speak out, loudly and often, for expanding.

Here are five easy things you can do to help get Medicaid expanded in Missouri:

1. Call 1-800-980-4407 to leave a message for your State Senator.

  • Leave your name and address
  • Say why you support Medicaid expansion (e.g., it saves lives, creates jobs, helps keep hospitals open)
  • Let them know if you or someone you know is in the Medicaid gap

2. Take action online – Click Here to e-mail your State Senator and State Representative.

3. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Share and Re-Tweet the personal stories of Missourians who need Medicaid Expansion.

4. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper, explaining in 100-200 words why you support Medicaid Expansion.

5. Attend one of the following Lobby Days:

  • Tuesday, April 8
  • Wednesday, April 9 (Student Focused Day)
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, May 6
  • Wednesday, May 14

We will provide you with training, materials and a team leader, and can usually help with transportation or carpooling. Contact mohealthcareforall@gmail.com or  877-383-8884 to RSVP or for more information.

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