“Not just for the poor: The crucial role of Medicaid in America’s health care system” – The Conversation

by Simon Haeder

medicaid“Nurse Jane Kern administers medicine to patient Lexi Gerkin in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Lexi is one of thousands of severely disabled or ill children covered by Medicaid, regardless of family income.” Charles Krupa/AP

“Despite many assertions to the contrary, Senate leaders are now saying they want to vote on the replacement bill for Obamacare before the month is out.

“Front and center is the planned transformation of America’s Medicaid program, which covers 20 percent of Americans and provides the backbone of America’s health care system.

“As a professor of public policy, I have written extensively about the American health care system and the Affordable Care Act.

“Living in West Virginia, perhaps the nation’s poorest state, I have also seen the benefits of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion since 2014.

“To understand how the ACHA’s proposed changes to Medicaid would affect people and our health care system, let’s look more closely at the program.”

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