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What Can We Do to Help Veterans?


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As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Let’s also remember the veterans who fought alongside those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They made sacrifices of their own while fighting for our country, to secure our safety. They left their families, often for long periods of time. Many were injured and continue to have health care needs. Today, let’s think about helping those veterans – and their families – who are here with us now.

More than 1.3 million veterans are under age 65 and uninsured in the United States. This means they don’t have access to health care – and chronic diseases are often left untreated. This is not right, especially when so many of our veterans suffer from chronic diseases, have functional limitations, difficulty with hearing and vision, and more.

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As we honor our veterans this Memorial Day, we can provide much-needed help to them by expanding affordable health care coverage – expanding Medicaid – in the states.

How would Medicaid expansion help veterans?


What states have the most number of veterans?

Unfortunately, those states that have not yet passed Medicaid expansion are where the most uninsured veterans live. That’s right: Seven states are home to 43% of all uninsured veterans who would qualify for health care coverage under Medicaid expansion. They are:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Michigan
  5. North Carolina
  6. Ohio
  7. Texas
Remember, Medicaid expansion will not just help veterans – but also states’ economies:

To honor veterans this Memorial Day, tell your governor, state senators and state representatives that expanding Medicaid will provide affordable health care coverage to the uninsured veterans in your state.  After all, they’ve worked too hard – and sacrificed too much – to be denied care.

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