Michaud Becomes Founding Member of State Medicaid Expansion Caucus

Jul 23, 2014 Issues: Health Care

Caucus will work to ensure states not yet expanding Medicaid take action that will increase access to quality, affordable healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is a founding member of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus. The Caucus will work to highlight the need for states which have not yet expanded Medicaid to do so, citing primarily the economic impact of extending the opportunity to obtain insurance to more people. Despite bipartisan legislation supporting an extension, Maine’s governor has vetoed a Medicaid expansion five times.

“Extending reliable, affordable healthcare to Mainers who need it isn’t just the right thing to do, but it’s also sound policy,” said Michaud. “Expanding Medicaid brings much-needed federal funds to Maine, spurs our economy and creates new jobs, and boosts our overall population health. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow caucus members on raising awareness about the importance of Medicaid expansion – the stakes are too high for us not to act.”

Extending Medicaid in Maine would provide healthcare coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers – including approximately 3,000 veterans. The expansion would also stimulate upwards of $350 million in economic activity – including $250 million in additional federal funding – and create an estimated 3,100 jobs.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have extended Medicaid to date, allowing an estimated 10.5 million Americans to access affordable healthcare.

“There are good, hardworking people across Maine – particularly in many rural parts of the state – who need access to quality, affordable healthcare,” added Michaud. “Expanding Medicaid is a way to help thousands of Mainers while simultaneously improving our economy. There is no reason we shouldn’t be doing this.”

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