WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) introduced the Medicaid Saves Lives Act to expand access to health care coverage for over four million low-income Americans. This bill would finish the work of the Affordable Care Act, providing health care insurance to low-income Americans in the 12 states that have refused to expand Medicaid. Closing the coverage gap in the United States improves health outcomes by providing recipients with access to primary and preventative care, boosting economic mobility, and reducing uncompensated care costs.
“The state you live in should not determine whether or not you have access to health care, but yet Georgians are being hung out to dry due to inaction,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “Not only is refusing to expand Medicaid morally wrong, but it’s also fiscally irresponsible.”
The lack of Medicaid expansion has predominantly harmed people in the South where state governments have failed to provide basic health coverage for their residents, with minorities and communities of color representing 60% of those in the coverage gap.
Under the Medicaid Saves Lives Act, coverage eligibility would be expanded to all individuals under 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, establishing a permanent and comprehensive solution to restrictive systems used in non-expansion states.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux introduced the Medicaid Saves Lives Act alongside Reps. Kathy Manning (NC-06), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Nikema Williams (GA-05), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Marc Veasey (TX-33), Gwen Moore (WI-04), and Deborah Ross (NC-02). The legislation directly targets the 12 states which have refused to expand Medicaid: Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin.
The Medicaid Saves Lives Act was introduced in the Senate earlier this month by Senators Warnock, Ossoff, and Baldwin.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.