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Community Urges Sandoval to Expand Medicaid
Published on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 (1:34 p.m.)Las Vegas, Nov. 16 – Today SEIU Nevada delivered more than 300 hand-signed letters to Gov. Brian Sandoval urging him to expand Medicaid coverage as he crafts his budget.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act, states were left to decide if they want to expand Medicaid coverage.
The letters note the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of this expansion for the first three years and cover 90 percent after that.
“Going forward three years, the state would be paying just one dime for a dollar’s worth of health coverage,” said Mayra Ocampo, SEIU Director of Governmental Affairs. “So often we see our government offer big tax breaks to lure businesses. In this case, we’re getting the incentive and it makes no sense to reject it.”
Expanding Medicaid will bring more Nevadans onto the insurance rolls and reduce overall costs.
“We can’t think of any financial reason why the governor wouldn’t expand Medicaid,” Ocampo said. “Rejecting the federal money will just put a greater strain on Nevada’s budget.”