A look at the cost of rejecting Medicaid

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Since the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not be pressure states to accept the Medicaid expansion provision of President Obama’s health care reform law, half of the states have decided not to participate. Reuters turns to Mississippi to show how this affects people in the state who are turning to the health insurance exchanges.

“As a result, nearly 300,000 adults there will fall through the cracks of healthcare reform. Many are the working poor – truckers, childcare workers, mechanics – who make too much money each month to qualify for Medicaid under Mississippi’s existing criteria but not quite enough to get government help buying private health insurance on an Obamacare exchange.”

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