Sunday, January 12, 2020

Medicaid expansion reduces health issues
Medicaid expansion makes it less likely that low-income people will suffer from deteriorating health that jeopardizes their lives, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University. It stems from a study by researchers who studied Tennessee and 11 other southern states. The findings in the Health Affairs Journal found that for every 1,000 people who gain insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion, 257 fewer people experience a decline in their health. Researchers say residents in states that expanded their Medicaid coverage were nearly 2% less likely to report declining health than their peers in non-expansion states. They found that "Medicaid is keeping people from the kind of precipitous health decline that could lead to death.” This study will likely fuel the newest arguments in Tennessee’s fierce debate over Medicaid expansion. The legislature controlled by Republicans has refused to accept $3.8 million in daily federal funding available to expand health coverage to 280,000 Tennesseans. Public polling has shown expansion to be popular with Tennessee residents, but the state’s conservative politicians have rejected all plans to expand. Meanwhile, Tennessee remains one of the unhealthiest states in the nation, at least in part because of the rising number of residents with no health insurance. The Vanderbilt study surveyed patients regarding their health multiple times over the past 20 years. Of all the non-expansion states in the study, Tennessee reported the worst results — 37.5% of respondents said their health declined over the survey period. In November, the administration of Gov. Bill Lee asked the federal government to convert funding for TennCare to a block grant, which would give state officials more authority over how to spend Medicaid funding. The proposal states that one of the priorities for this plan to extend coverage to some “needy” people who do not currently qualify.

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