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The truth about Medicaid

The editorial page of Raleigh’s News & Observer tells it like it is this morning in this editorial about North Carolina’s misguided decision not to expand Medicaid.

“The Republicans’ reasons for opting out vary, but the effect is same: A forgoing of federal funds that will leave many low-income people uninsured and will cost the state and hospitals more for uncompensated care. Those consequences did not stop North Carolina and 14 other states – all with Republican governors – from refusing to participate.

Now a new report by the RAND Corp. shows how colossal is the cost of this obstinacy. The report, published in the June edition of Health Affairs, looked at 14 states whose governors were opposed to expanding the Medicaid program as of April 25. The costs will likely be higher because at least one more state has joined the holdouts and several are still weighing going that route.”

To learn more about this subject, be sure to register for next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon with national Medicaid expert Ron Pollack of the advocacy group Families USA. Seats are going fast!

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