Over half of Americans who receive Medicaid, including thousands right here in Alabama, have a history of cardiovascular disease or stroke. Increasing access to health care coverage for those individuals in Alabama with chronic illness can be the difference between life and death.
Right now the State of Alabama has an opportunity to provide increased coverage, through expansion of Medicaid, to an estimated 300,000 Alabamians in need of care. However, Alabama along with several other states has chosen to opt out. Although the Alabama Legislature passed and Governor Bentley will soon sign Medicaid reform legislation to improve care, the Governor remains opposed to the expansion.
Increased coverage is the gateway to improving public health and reducing the chronic disease burden in Alabama. We have an obligation to help make sure no Alabama senior or child goes without healthcare.