Health care matters. It's infrastructure, just like roads and schools, and it's time to invest in a HEALTHY ALABAMA.
Health care matters to everyone. It's a vital part of the state's infrastructure, and Medicaid is a key part of it. Expanding access to care would mean more jobs, significant savings for the state, increased economic activity and better access to care for all Alabamians.
Why is health care so important?
It's critical to Alabama's economic infrastructure.
AL Hospitals have $20 billion annual economic impact.
Hospitals employ 90,000 people statewide and support an additional 96,000 jobs.
Good health care is critical in recruiting new businesses and keeping existing ones.
What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides health insurance to low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled.
Medicaid is a vital part of Alabama’s health care system. It supports thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in the heath care sector.
Without Medicaid, many providers (hospitals, doctors, pharmacists) could not survive, leaving communities without access to health care.
Why expand access to care?
Faces of Medicaid
More than 340,000 more Alabamians could get health coverage. Most of them are working.
Expansion would greatly strengthen the health care infrastructure - Hospitals in expansion states are 84% less likely to close.
Alabama would have better health outcomes and would save money in the long run.
According to two reports on expanding access to care, Alabama has an opportunity to invest in a Healthy Alabama by generating billions of dollars in economic activity and state savings and provide more than 340,000 Alabamians with health insurance coverage.
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