Governor Ivey: Expand Alabama Medicaid Now

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Expanding Medicaid in Alabama is essential to the health of our citizens and the economic viability of our state. Since passage of the ACA, Alabamians have paid $6 Billion in federal taxes for expanded health care access in the United States. Not in Alabama though. For seven years, our elected leaders have put their political ideologies ahead of the health of our families.  

Alabama already ranks at or near the bottom for infant mortality, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, just to name a few. Every poor health measure experienced by Alabamians would improve from greater access to insurance and care. Reclaiming the federal tax dollars we are paying will cover up to 300,000 Alabamians, more than half of whom work full-time in low wage jobs. 

Eighty percent of Alabama’s hospitals are operating in the red. Rural hospitals and clinics are closing in Alabama at an alarming rate, including J. Paul Jones Hospital in Camden, the hometown of Governor Kay Ivey. Expanding Medicaid would bring desperately needed revenues for hospitals that serve the poorest, most rural counties. 

For the long term security of Alabama's health care system and our workforce, Medicaid expansion is the answer.

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