In tiny Texas region, failure to expand Medicaid could cost billions

Texas lawmakers have been steadfast in their opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but providers in the Rio Grande Valley could lose out on nearly $20 billion over the next decade as a result, reported Kaiser Health News. The rate of uninsured in the Lone Star State's southeastern corner hovers at 38 percent--roughly 50 percent higher than the statewide average, according to Kaiser Health New. That means huge potential windfalls from Medicaid expansion for a region that is sparsely populated. Hidalgo County, home to less than 1 million people, stands to lose $12.6 billion in potential Medicaid revenue over the next decade. Cameron County, which includes the border town of Brownsville, stands to lose $7 billion. Cameron County's indigent care program currently excluded any residents who earn more than $196 per month, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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