States and Medicaid Expansion
Working State-by-State until all 50 States are Covered
For millions of low-income Americans without insurance, the Medicaid expansion created by the Affordable Care Act means better lives, better health, and a more secure future. For health care providers, the Medicaid expansion means additional resources to care for their patients with the last means. For states struggling to balance their budgets, the Medicaid expansion is much-needed help from the federal government.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion include a diverse group: hospital associations, medical associations, chambers of commerce, faith groups, health advocacy groups. Even the Texas Medical Association supports it, thanks to the advocacy of Doctors for America's Texas Deputy State Director, Dr. Robert Luedecke.
But governors and state legislatures of many of the most impoverished states are refusing expansion. Why? Politics and ideology. That's why Doctors for America members are standing up for our patients and for common sense!
States where Doctors for America members are working with coalition partners to expand Medicaid include:
- Florida (2015 priority state)
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Texas (2015 priority state)
What You Can Do
- Get in touch with your state DFA leader if your state is listed above.
- Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about what Medicaid expansion means for your patients and community
- Meet with your state legislators. Whether they are supportive, ambivalent, or opposed, you can help them gain a better understanding of the human impact of expansion.
- Start a petition. Increase your power by rallying others to the cause. Then deliver your voices to state lawmakers.
- Join a coalition. Most states have active coalitions of organizations working on this issue. They are generally eager to have physicians and medical students bring our credibility to the conversation. Research which organizations are working on this issue in your state and reach out to them.