The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap

Mar 27, 2014

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday.  All this week, and for the rest of the year, Alabama Public Radio is partnering with AL.Com to bring you stories on how Alabamians are coping with the changes.  One issue that’s having an immediate impact is the so-called Medicaid gap.  The authors of the Affordable Care Act had intended for low-income people to get covered under expanded Medicaid.  But when the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the portion of the law requiring states to expand Medicaid, that opened a gap in coverage for some low-income residents in the states that refused to expand.  23 states took that path, including Alabama.  Now some residents who are low-income actually make too much to get covered.  For more on this, we turn to Brendan Kirby.  He’s a reporter for the Mobile Press-Register and AL.Com who’s been following the issue.  Click the audio to hear my full interview with Brendan Kirby.

Here's a link to Kirby's story: 

Who's falling through Obamacare cracks? Thousands too rich for Medicaid, too poor for subsidies

And a follow-up:

Johnsoncare? Debate not as contentious, but original Medicaid was not all smooth sailing