Dear Member of Congress,
The COVID-19 pandemic has made crystal clear the need for everyone to have access to quality, affordable health care coverage. However, there are still 12 states refusing to expand Medicaid, leaving over 2 million uninsured poor adults left in the Medicaid coverage gap with no realistic access to health coverage.
With the majority of these states in the South, more than 55% of uninsured adults are Black, Hispanic, or Asian, reaching as high as 72% in some states. The residents of these 12 states—especially people of color—are being denied the right, benefits, and dignity of health care coverage granted to Americans in the other 38 states. Congress fully intended this right when it expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.
In states that have expanded Medicaid, there have been great strides taken toward narrowing racial health gaps, including fewer maternal deaths for Black and Hispanic women. Medicaid expansion has saved lives across the country, as well as saving money and improving people’s overall health and well-being. These benefits should not be denied to Americans simply because of where they live—especially in regions that already bear long, enduring legacies of structural racism and violence.
Please support a federal solution to close the health coverage gap for people in states that refuse to expand Medicaid.