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Countdown to Care: Winners and Losers

AARP volunteers Leonard Kirschner, Sigrid Whitman and Virginia Brandt with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at the Medicaid expansion signing ceremony.

AARP volunteers Leonard Kirschner, Sigrid Whitman and Virginia Brandt with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at the Medicaid expansion signing ceremony.

In the mad rush to pass budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the health care of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans is at stake – and time is running out.  As I write, only about half of the states have agreed to expand Medicaid, which will extend health coverage to residents who earn about $15,000 a year or less.  The closer we come to July 1, the greater the wins and harder the losses:

Key Winners:

 

The tough political environment surrounding health care reform has hampered Medicaid expansion in some states as they wrap up their budgets.

The Losers:

 

Undecided include:

 

To stay up-to-date on our Medicaid expansion campaign, sign up for the AARP Advocate newsletter or visit your state web page.  We’ll be reporting more on those Undecided states in the weeks and months to come!