32 Year Old Woman Who Had 3 Jobs Dies Because Florida Refuse to Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

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By Yolanda Spivey

Although 32 year old Charlene Dill appeared to be in great health, she had an underlying heart condition that was chronic and plagued her for years.  The mother of three was working three part time jobs when one day in March, she collapsed and died on a potential client’s floor while trying to sell a vacuum cleaner.

Charlene was struggling to make ends meet.  In addition to working as a vacuum cleaner sales person, she also babysat and cleaned houses, which netted her $9,000 a year.  She desperately needed these jobs in order to feed her family.

The Orlando Weekly reports that Charlene was excited to sign up for Obamacare; and when the opportunity presented itself, she went on the HealthCare.gov website to see if she qualified.  Unfortunately, she fell between the coverage gap.

Charlene was one of the millions of Americans whose state refused to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.  This has left millions of low-income Americans, whose income is too high under the program to qualify for their states Medicaid plan.  They also make too little income to qualify for federal subsidies to buy into a plan on Obamacare’s private exchange.

The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result of this decision, an “insurance gap” has been created.

Charlene didn’t fit the stereotypical title of a “welfare queen” or a “lazy” person.  She was a hardworking American who had to lose her life over her state’s refusal to participate in a program that is quite beneficial to people who are stuck between a rock and a hard place—in this case, the so-called “insurance gap.”

A recent study by Harvard researchers showed that more people will die this year as a result of their state’s refusal to expand Medicaid.  They estimate a staggering 17,000 will meet the same fate as Charlene Dill.  They state:

“We predict that many low-income women will forego recommended breast and cervical cancer screening; diabetics will forego medications and all low-income adults will face a greater likelihood of depression, catastrophic medical expenses and death.”

The following is a list of states that refused to expand their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act:

Location Current Status of Medicaid Expansion Decision
United States Implementing Expansion in 2014 (27 States including DC); Open Debate (5 States); Not Moving Forward at this Time (19 States)
Alabama Not Moving Forward at this Time
Alaska Not Moving Forward at this Time
Arizona Implementing Expansion in 2014
Arkansas Implementing Expansion in 20141
California Implementing Expansion in 2014
Colorado Implementing Expansion in 2014
Connecticut Implementing Expansion in 2014
Delaware Implementing Expansion in 2014
District of Columbia Implementing Expansion in 2014
Florida Not Moving Forward at this Time
Georgia Not Moving Forward at this Time
Hawaii Implementing Expansion in 2014
Idaho Not Moving Forward at this Time
Illinois Implementing Expansion in 2014
Indiana Open Debate2
Iowa Implementing Expansion in 20141
Kansas Not Moving Forward at this Time
Kentucky Implementing Expansion in 2014
Louisiana Not Moving Forward at this Time
Maine Not Moving Forward at this Time
Maryland Implementing Expansion in 2014
Massachusetts Implementing Expansion in 2014
Michigan Implementing Expansion in 20143
Minnesota Implementing Expansion in 2014
Mississippi Not Moving Forward at this Time
Missouri Open Debate
Montana Not Moving Forward at this Time
Nebraska Not Moving Forward at this Time
Nevada Implementing Expansion in 2014
New Hampshire Implementing Expansion in 20144
New Jersey Implementing Expansion in 2014
New Mexico Implementing Expansion in 2014
New York Implementing Expansion in 2014
North Carolina Not Moving Forward at this Time
North Dakota Implementing Expansion in 2014
Ohio Implementing Expansion in 2014
Oklahoma Not Moving Forward at this Time
Oregon Implementing Expansion in 2014
Pennsylvania Open Debate2
Rhode Island Implementing Expansion in 2014
South Carolina Not Moving Forward at this Time
South Dakota Not Moving Forward at this Time
Tennessee Not Moving Forward at this Time
Texas Not Moving Forward at this Time
Utah Open Debate
Vermont Implementing Expansion in 2014
Virginia Open Debate
Washington Implementing Expansion in 2014
West Virginia Implementing Expansion in 2014
Wisconsin Not Moving Forward at this Time5
Wyoming Not Moving Forward at this Time

 

 

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