MIAMI (August 14, 2012)--Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough.
She makes about $15,000 a year as she works to support her family in Florida and thought she would get health insurance after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the president’s health care law.
But then she learned her state’s governor won't agree to expand Medicaid under the law, which would have given her coverage.
The states most opposed to the law have the toughest Medicaid limits.
Governors in five states say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion underpinning the new health law.
In South Carolina, a yearly income of $16,900 is too much for Medicaid for a family of three.
In Florida, $11,000 a year is too much.
In Mississippi, $8,200 a year is too much.
In Louisiana and Texas, anyone earning more than $5,000 a year is ineligible for Medicaid.