The Affordable Care Act Is Necessary For Successful Medicaid Reform

1376 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
Introduction The Affordable Care Act promotes Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion is needed in North Carolina to insure the disabled and those that live below the poverty level receive adequate healthcare coverage. The resistance of North Carolina legislature in the promotion of Medicaid reform has retarded Medicaid expansion to its uninsured residents. The cooperation of the North Carolina legislature and its support of the Affordable Care Act is necessary for successful Medicaid reform. This paper reviews the impact of the Affordable Care Act 's lack of implementation in North Carolina.
Background & Significance
Binker & Sims (2015), reported the main purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to provide Medicaid coverage for low income and disabled persons. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act mandated all states to provide coverage to persons earning less than 138 percent of the poverty level. The Supreme Court overturned this ruling in 2012. Individual states were given the power to decide whether Medicaid would be expanded.
As documented by NCJustice.org (2014), North Carolina has rejected millions of dollars that could provide medical coverage for more than a half million uninsured people. The acceptance of federally allocated dollars would greatly help the working poor. The working poor make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to pay for private insurance.
Nationally, the federal government is trying to provide coverage for underprivileged…
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