Medicaid provides medical benefits to individuals and families to receive healthcare due to lower incomes, and there are more children with Medicaid benefits in the state of Louisiana. Working families apply for this benefit because they are unable to afford healthcare for their families. Applying for this benefit does not consider that person to be unemployed or unfit; some individuals simply cannot afford to have the additional funds taken out of their pay. The parents of those children want their families to have medical benefits for health, personal, or accidental purposes. Governor Jindal would be failing the state of Louisiana by resisting Medicaid expansion and leaving millions of residents without healthcare. Although some parents are irresponsible, the child should not have to suffer due to their parents’ choices. Also, the elderly should not have to suffer because they will need Medicare benefits once they are unable to work and care for themselves. As the Governor of this state, his job should be to protect and help the residents of Louisiana, not hurt those with lower incomes. Medicaid is not hurting the state, but resistance to the Medicaid expansion would not be the better choice.
According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, Medicaid provides medical benefits to low income individuals and families. Over one million residents are receiving healthcare coverage through Medicaid, and the majority of those residents are children under the age of 19. Federal Poverty Level income guidelines determine Medicaid eligibility along with receiving Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration or financial help from the Office of Family Support through Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (Department of Health and Hospitals, n.d.). The qualifications for Medicaid by the Department of Health and Hospitals include if you are: pregnant, a child under the age of 19, low income parent, have corrected vision no better than 20/20, disabled according to the Social Security Administration’s definition, receive Medicare coverage, or have no insurance and need treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer. There are several ways to apply for this benefit, and there is no discrimination for applying. Medicaid plays a significant role in the lives of Louisiana residents and resistance to the expansion of the program will hurt families who are unable to receive affordable healthcare.
Identifying the Problem
The problem began when states that were controlled by Republicans opted to end the expansion of Medicaid due to the Supreme Court stating that states cannot be forced to expand Medicaid. They believed this was unconstitutional and allowed states the opportunity to opt out for Medicaid expansion which would leave several Americans and their children without healthcare coverage. The purpose of this coverage is to provide healthcare to the poorest Americans by starting a minimum Medicaid...