THOUSANDS TO DIE/BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED FROM MEDICAID OPT-OUT -- ON KZYX, FRIDAY AT 9 AM
On Friday, February 21 at 9 a.m., "All About Money" returns to KZYX with a special edition show on how the failure of Obamacare in op-out states is costing both lives and money for Medicaid recipients across the country . Our guest is Steffie Woolhandler, M.D.
Dr. Woolhandler is a medical school professor at C.U.N.Y and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.
We'll also get an update about Mendocino County's efforts to enroll people in coverage as well as an update about the County's work with community partners in offering multiple venues to the community to access coverage. Our panel will include:
Bryan Lowery, Assistant Health and Human Services Agency Director
Bekkie Emery, Deputy Director for Employment and Family Assistance Services
Rachel Ebel-Elliott, Program Manager for Employment and Family Assistance Services
Megan VanSant, Program Administrator for Employment and Family Assistance Services
THOUSANDS TO DIE FROM MEDICAID OPT-OUT
A study just released by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York finds: "T he number of deaths attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states at between 7,115 and 17,104. Medicaid expansion in opt-out states would have resulted in 712,037 fewer persons screening positive for depression and 240,700 fewer individuals suffering catastrophic medical expenditures. Medicaid expansion in these states would have resulted in 422,553 more diabetics receiving medication for their illness, 195,492 more mammograms among women age 50-64 years and 443,677 more pap smears among women age 21-64." The study, titled " Health and Financial Harms of 25 States’ Decision to Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion " was just published by Health Affairs .
Dickman, A.B. at Harvard University and Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. at Harvard are two of the co-authors. Almberg is communications director for Physicians for a National Health Program , which released a statement on the study : " The researchers found that because of the  states’ “opting out” of the Medicaid expansion, 7.78 million people who would have gained coverage will remain uninsured."