Red states may be sticking to their Republican beliefs in small government, but a new study finds they are passing up billions in federal funding by saying no to the Medicaid expansion. Texas will lose $9.2 billion in 2022; Florida says goodbye to $5 billion; Georgia is out $4.9 billion; Alabama loses out on $2.1 billion; and North Carolina is giving up on a potential $5.7 billion. Indiana, which is still undecided on whether to join the Medicaid expansion, would bring in nearly $2.6 billion in Medicaid money in 2022 if it did.
These figures include offsets for the states' portion of Medicaid costs. The study also included potential savings from fewer uninsured people using emergency rooms they can't pay for.
What do you think about this? Should these states be required to join in? I know the Supreme Court already said no to that question, but that was before a study of this nature and this magnitude had been done. Why, in the UNITED States of America should where you live determine whether you can get medical care? Especially when your state is giving up the chance for billions of dollars to help cover your medical care?