Veterans Suffer in States That Refuse Medicaid Expansion

Vox: “The failure of some states to expand Medicaid is leaving a quarter-million veterans without health insurance.”

To be entitled to health care through the Veteran’s Administration, “a veteran must have served for two continuous years or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. There are some exceptions … but about 1.3 million veterans remain uninsured nationwide.”

“According to a report by Pew using analysis from the Urban Institute, approximately 258,600 of those veterans are living below the poverty line in states refusing to expand Medicaid. Without veteran’s benefits — and with incomes too low to qualify for subsidies to use on the state exchanges — these veterans are left without affordable coverage options.”



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