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.
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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:
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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.