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GOP Governors Block Medicaid Expansion for Low-Income Diabetics

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In most states you have to be a child, pregnant or disabled to get Medicaid, but Obamacare expands Medicaid to almost everyone with incomes up or about $15,000 a year.

According to ThinkProgress.org, many of the states that are headed by Repubican governors have refused to allow Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in their state.

These states include: Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.

The Republican governors did this legally, per the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year, notes USA Today.

This move hurts many low-income Americans, especially those with diabetes, which is widespread in the U.S.

The American Diabetes Association website states:

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

The importance of Medicaid for low-income people with diabetes was reported in a Kaiser Family Foundation study:

Diabetes disproportionately affects low-income populations. As the nation’s primary health insurance program for low-income people, Medicaid plays a key role in financing care for diabetes: Adults with diabetes are disproportionately covered by Medicaid.

Sources: American Diabetes Association, Kaiser Family Foundation, KFF.org, USA Today

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