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Medicaid Expansion 

Medicaid provides comprehensive health coverage to nearly 9 million non-elderly people with disabilities and to 10 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries who rely on Medicaid to fill Medicare’s gaps including many people living with MS. Medicaid is a true safety net for people with MS as MS is one of the most expensive chronic diseases and people with MS are often forced to stop working because of their disease.

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What We Are Trying To Accomplish: To expand Medicaid to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare for our most vulnerable populations, including many with MS.

Why It’s Important: Medicaid provides comprehensive health coverage to nearly 9 million non-elderly people with disabilities and to 10 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries who rely on Medicaid to fill Medicare’s gaps including many people living with MS. Medicaid is a true safety net for people with MS as MS is one of the most expensive chronic diseases and people with MS are often forced to stop working because of their disease.

Updates: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives states the option to expand their Medicaid program. Medicaid programs vary state-to-state, but regardless, Medicaid expansion means coverage for millions of previously uninsured low income children and adults, many of whom have disabilities. About half of the states have indicated they will expand their Medicaid program. Advocacy work continues in these states, as well as in states that have not decided whether to expand.

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