Expand Medicaid now

Alabama losing funds, hurting everyone

Editor's note: The following is an opinion article written by Brewton physician Dr. Marsha Raulerson.

Three hundred thousand adults in Alabama are without access to health care except thru emergency rooms - which is expensive, inadequate, and costly to hospitals due to uncompensated care.

Thirty-eight states have now expanded Medicaid to adults, with 90% of the funding by the Federal Government and 10 percent by states. No state has reversed its decision to do so. Ten years of research now shows reductions in those states in annual mortality, improved access to preventative care, increase in s...