HOT BLAST: Who qualifies for Medicaid in Alabama?
Feb 21, 2014 | 3196 views |  0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Speaking of the anti-Obamacare fever raging in governor's offices across the South, check out this Wall Street Journal news article from this week:

In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley, a physician, said in his annual address last month that Medicaid expansion carried costs he doubted the federal government or his state could afford. Medicaid accounts for more than one-third of Alabama's budget, the state's costliest service after education, and it would have to grow larger to comply with the health-care law.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Bentley said his position was clear in public statements.

One of Mr. Bentley's constituents, 27-year-old Tanisha Fields, who is uninsured, arrived at University of Alabama at Birmingham's flagship hospital on a recent evening for treatment after a miscarriage. Hospitals are obligated to treat emergency room patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Ms. Fields, who has a 4-year-old son, earned about $7,000 last year working at a cleaning service. That is too little to qualify for federal help buying coverage in new health-law marketplaces, and too much for coverage in Alabama's Medicaid program, which has an income ceiling of $2,832 for a family of two, after deductions. If Ms. Fields could buy insurance for $50 a month, she said, "I definitely would."

We repeat: For a family of two to qualify for Medicaid in Alabama it can't earn more than $2,832 a year. How's that working out for working Alabamians?

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