By David Jordan | April 14, 2020
Earlier this month, President Trump proclaimed that it’s not fair 30 million Americans are uninsured, acknowledging this puts them at a disadvantage, especially as COVID-19 spreads. He suggested we should expand health coverage to the uninsured. The majority of Americans agree with the president on this topic.
Due to a lack of leadership and action at the state and federal level, the problem is only going to get worse.
Last week, the “Annals of Internal Medicine” published a study that estimated 1.5 million American workers would lose coverage after becoming unemployed and projects that 5.7 million more will lose coverage by the end June. The study highlighted states that haven’t expanded Medicaid or fully implemented the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be most impacted.
Addressing this challenge is going to require leadership at the state and federal level. The first focus should be to encourage states to expand Medicaid coverage for millions of hard working Americans.