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52 Reasons We’re Celebrating Medicaid!

July 30, 2017

In honor of Medicaid’s 52nd birthday, we’re listing just some of the reasons we should celebrate this crucial program.  Are you celebrating?  Let us know why here.

How Medicaid Keeps PA Covered

  1. 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians is covered by Medicaid. (Source)
  2. 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians is covered by Medicaid.Source
  3. Medicaid covers 1 in 2 of people with disabilities (Source)
  4. Medicaid covers 2 in 5 of children (Source)
  5. Medicaid covers 3 in 5 nursing home residents (Source)
  6. 39% of births (2/5) are paid for with Medicaid funds. (Source)
  7. When PA expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, an additional 702,000+ got coverage. (Source)
  8. The uninsured rate in PA has decreased from 10% to 6% since the expansion. (Source)
  9. In PA, nearly half of the patients who use federal qualified healthcare centers are covered by Medicaid. In 2017, Community Health Center organizations served over 800,000. (Source)
  10. Medicaid affects almost everyone.  Nationwide, nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) report some connection with the Medicaid program, either because they personally have received some assistance from Medicaid (27 percent), or they have close friends or family who have (37 percent). (Source)
  11. Medicaid is a counter-cyclical program: its enrollment expands to meet rising needs during an economic downturn, when people lose their jobs and job-based health coverage. During the last recession and its aftermath, more than 10 million additional people enrolled in Medicaid; more than half were children. (Source)

How Medicaid Helps PA Families

  1. Medicaid coverage contributes to a decline in infant and child mortality rates (Source)
  2. Studies show that parents who gain Medicaid are more successful in getting coverage for their kids. Healthy parents are better able to support and care for their families. (Source)
  3. Medicaid covers breast and cervical cancer screening, family planning services, and other preventive care. It guarantees women access to their choice of family planning providers, reducing barriers to care. (Source)
  4. Medicaid’s presumptive and retroactive eligibility save families from bankruptcy. (Source)
  5. Children who are eligible for Medicaid do better in school and miss fewer school days due to illness or injury, research shows. (Source)
  6. They are also more likely to finish high school, attend college, and graduate from college. (Source)
  7. They earn more as adults. (Source)
  8. And, they experience fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations. (Source)

And Especially Families of Children with Disabilities…

  1. 62,000 children with special needs in Pennsylvania benefit from a Medicaid program – PH95- that’s available to the state’s most vulnerable people, regardless of family income. (Source)
  2. As the American Academy of Pediatrics put it, “Pediatricians understand that Medicaid is not just an entitlement program; it’s an empowerment program. Medicaid allows a college student with cerebral palsy to live independently. Medicaid pays for a toddler’s wheelchair, and as she grows over time, it covers the next one and the one after that.” (Source)
  3. Medicaid and CHIP allow children with special needs live at home with their families and by making coverage affordable. (Source) 
  4. Medicaid/CHIP cover 60% of the 2.9 million children with special health care needs whose health conditions consistently and often greatly affect their daily activities, with Medicaid/CHIP as the sole source of coverage for nearly half of these children. (Source) 
  5. Medicaid/CHIP is a safety net, covering 59% of the 2.7 million children with special health care needs whose families have had to reduce their work hours or stop working altogether due to their child’s health status, and serving as the sole source of coverage for nearly half of these children. (Source) 

How Medicaid Helps PA Seniors  & Adults with Disabilities

  1. Medicaid coverage helps seniors continue to live in their homes and communities through home-based care. (Source)
  2. In fact, 47% of long-term care spending in PA is for home and community-based care. (Source)
  3. In PA, the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program, or MAWD, permits a Pennsylvanian with a disability to take a fulfilling job, earn more money, and keep full medical coverage. (Source)

How Medicaid Helps PA Veterans

  1. Medicaid is a safety net for veterans, covering many who would otherwise be uninsured. (Source)
  2. As of 2015 nearly 10% of veterans aged 19 – 64 were covered by Medicaid nationwide. (Source)
  3. That means that, as of 2015, 875,000 veterans are covered by Medicaid, (Source)
  4. Among veterans covered by Medicaid, almost 40% have no other source of coverage. (Source)
  5. More than 2 our of 3 non-elderly veterans covered by Medicaid are between the ages of 45 – 64 and vulnerable to the so-called “Age Tax” the AHCA/BCRA would have imposed. (Source)
  6. Of the 875,000 non-elderly veterans covered by Medicaid, 54% have a disability. (Source)
  7. Of the 875,000 non-elderly veterans covered by Medicaid, 42% have two or more chronic conditions. (Source)
  8. Of the 875,000 non-elderly veterans covered by Medicaid, 12% have a substance use disorder. (Source)
  9. In PA, over 36,575 non-elderly veterans were covered by Medicaid as of 2015. (Source)

How Medicaid Helps People Suffering from Addiction

  1. 124,000 Pennsylvanians depended on Medicaid to get help for their drug or alcohol addiction in 2016 (Source)
  2. Since Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid in 2015, 63,000 new enrollees have received drug and alcohol treatment. (Source)
  3. Through Medicaid, Pennsylvania has received funding to run 50 centers to treat enrollees struggling with addiction. (Source)

How Medicaid Helps the PA Economy

  1. Medicaid lifted 2.6 million people out of poverty in 2010. (Source)
  2. Medicaid’s costs per beneficiary are substantially lower and have been growing more slowly than for private insurance. (Source)
  3. Medicaid costs 27% less for children and 20% less for adults than private insurance. (Source)
  4. States have taken advantage of Medicaid’s existing flexibility to improve beneficiary health outcomes while lowering costs by changing how health care is delivered. (Source)
  5. Of families covered by Medicaid in PA, 71% of recipients are in families with a worker. (Source)
  6. Medicaid expansion covers people working as home health care aides, restaurant workers, and retail employees. (Source)
  7. Federal funding for Medicaid has helped to create jobs across Pennsylvania. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that states with Medicaid expansion experienced 30% more job growth in the health care and social services sectors. (Source)
  8. States will spend just 1.6 percent more on Medicaid with the expansion than they would have without health reform. (Source)
  9. Since 2015, Medicaid expansion has saved more than $500 million in state General Funds by shifting people from state funded coverage to federal Medicaid. (Source)
  10. Preserving the Medicaid Expansion program in PA will save nearly $37 million dollars coming into the state. (Source)

How Medicaid Helps PA Hospitals

  1. As more people have health coverage, hospitals and health systems are able to spend less on uncompensated care. Many hospitals are using the money saved to improve the care they offer. (Source)
  2. Medicaid also reimburses certain hospitals for the uncompensated costs they incur when they care for low-income uninsured patients. (Source)
  3. Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program provides supplemental funding, which is often the difference between financial viability and closure–to the 15 federally designated Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) serving rural Pennsylvania. (Source)
  4. Pennsylvania hospitals’ uncompensated care — the combination of charity care expenses and uncollectable debt for care that the hospitals provide — dropped 13.3 percent statewide and 8.21 percent regionally last year, with the now-targeted Medicaid expansion cited as a big reason why. (Source)

How has Medicaid helped YOU & YOUR FAMILY?  Let us know here.