Historically, if you have a job, although you may barely have enough to pay rent and feed your family, you cannot qualify for help with the high cost of healthcare for your growing family.
The expansion of Medicaid means that people who struggle in low paying jobs will be able to qualify for healthcare at reasonable rates for them or their employers under the new expansion made possible by the current ACA healthcare reform (Obama Care).
Hispanics are the nation’s largest growing majority and are increasingly becoming the largest group in many of the nation’s cities and states. Ironically, a disproportionate majority of the people who qualify for Medicaid expansion, will be Hispanics/Latinos, who tend to work at low paying/low benefit jobs that do not currently provide benefits, much less health benefits, for their growing families. Obama care offers incentives and eventually legal mandates for employers and individuals to avail themselves of local health care access opportunities. States must step up to the plate and help create and/or support these local healthcare access opportunities. The Federal government must be held accountable, though, to continue to support these efforts and not leave the states on their own–especially in these times of recession and low state tax collection due to a recessionary economy.
What is at stake is the healthcare coverage that is needed by millions of mothers and children who will otherwise be punished for taking low paying, low benefit jobs. Hispanics/Latinos are not rewarded by our society for having high labor force participation rates. The states need to take a long look at the implementation for the ACA and see it as an opportunity to invest in today’s young Latinos/Hispanics who are becoming an important part of the American mosaic and our future.
“As states wrap up legislative sessions and make decisions about whether to implement the Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this new analysis highlights the implications of these decisions for coverage, state finances and providers. As of July 2013, 24 states were moving forward with the Medicaid expansion, 21 states were not moving forward with the expansion and debate was on-going in the remaining 6 states. The decisions by as many as 27 states not to adopt the Medicaid expansion will leave many more uninsured; these states would also forgo billions in federal funds.”