Medicaid is a critical health care program which provides health care for over 80 million Americans, including a large portion of all nursing home and long-term care expenses.
Only about 32% of all Medicaid dollars go to low-income dependent children and their parents, and low-income pregnant women. The remainder, nearly 70 percent of all Medicaid expenditures as of 2007, goes to people with disabilities and the elderly. Contrary to popular belief, non-disabled adults living in poverty are not eligible for Medicaid, but will begin to be covered under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Under the ACA, over 16 million poor adults will become eligible for basic health care.
Feminist Majority opposes the Ryan budget, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2012, which would turn over the Medicaid program to the individual states by block-granting a set amount of federal dollars to each state. Experts say this action would inevitably result in deep cuts to the program as the cost of care rises and states are unable or unwilling to pay those increased costs. An estimated 44,000 elderly would almost immediately lose coverage of their nursing home care, and many long-term care facilities would close their doors.