Medicaid expansion saves lives, money

Medicaid expansion saves lives, money

The Medicaid expansion debate raging in Tallahassee can seem pretty abstract at times, as lawmakers consider whether and how to move billions of federal dollars to help millions of people access quality healthcare in communities across Florida.

But here’s a fact that isn’t abstract at all — Medicaid expansion could mean $35 million extra dollars flowing to Jackson Health System every year. That’s according to JHS CEO Carlos Migoya. He wrote a memo on the subject, noting that the issue is complicated for Jackson because of unanswered questions about changes to reimbursement rates and other factors.

The nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals who work at Jackson support expansion because it will help our hard-working citizens who make just a little too much to get Medicaid coverage, yet not enough to afford private insurance. Expansion would mean that a family of three making less than $26,000 a year could get covered. It would cover more than 200,000 residents in Miami-Dade alone.