... in states that do not expand Medicaid, many adults will fall into a “coverage gap” of having incomes above Medicaid eligibility limits but below the lower limit for Marketplace premium tax credits ... . Nationwide, nearly five million poor uninsured adults are in this situation.
And where are those unfortunate souls who are stuck in the gap? 79 percent live in the South:
More than a fifth of people in the coverage gap reside in Texas, which has both a large uninsured population and very limited Medicaid eligibility. Sixteen percent live in Florida, eight percent in Georgia, seven percent live in North Carolina, and six percent live in Pennsylvania. There are no uninsured adults in the coverage gap in Wisconsin because the state will provide Medicaid eligibility to adults up to the poverty level in 2014.
Alabama, as we hope you are aware by now, is counted among those states contributing to the Medicaid gap. As The Star's editorial board noted earlier this month:
Without an expanded Medicaid, an estimated 308,000 Alabama residents find themselves lacking coverage they would otherwise have if our doctor/governor had chosen differently.
So, just what is Bentley’s alternative prescription?
“I don’t know how we can help them,” he told The Star. “I can tell you how they can be helped. If the federal government can repeal this law and start all over again, that’s how they can be helped.”
So, under his logic, the way to help Alabama’s working poor without coverage is to repeal a law that Bentley is refusing to participate in.
Comments like this have inspired one blogger to refashion the Medicaid gap into the "wingnut hole."