Big Medicaid Gap Looms In Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2013)--Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage may be out of luck under the president’s health care law next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid.

An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute found that 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible low-income adults live in states such as Texas that are refusing the expansion, or still undecided.

Many of the neediest people who could be helped by the law may instead remain uninsured, a predicament for President Barack Obama and his sweeping extension of the safety net.

The looming gap is a consequence of last summer's Supreme Court decision, which allowed states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, combined with unyielding Republican opposition in many states.

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