Voters in three states, Utah, Idaho and Nebraska, passed Medicaid expansion in yesterday’s midterm elections.
Thirty-one states, plus the District of Columbia, have already expanded Medicaid in the last few years. This expansion broadens coverage to Americans with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level, roughly $17,000 for an individual and $35,000 for a family of four in 2018. Lawmakers in several other states, including Virginia, have passed expansion plans for 2019.
Individuals in Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska, whose governors and lawmakers opted not to expand Medicaid, took matters into their own hands – building grassroots coalitions, going door to door and creating successful petitions to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot.
Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) is deeply involved in advocacy and communication related to Medicaid and related policy issues including First Year Cleveland, HMS and others. It can be a confusing topic – and varies from state to state – so visit the ACS Medicaid Glossary to learn more about this timely issue. Feel free to contact ACS if you have any questions.