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Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You : Shots - Health News : Npr

President Obama said eight million people signed up for health coverage through new insurance exchanges.

What the healthy pay in premiums finances care for the sick. Few patients except foreign potentates have paid their own medical bills for a long time. 2) I fully paid for Medicare through taxes deducted from my salary. Scholars at the Urban Institute have calculated that the typical Medicare beneficiary who retired in 2010 will cost the system more than twice as much in health costs than she and her employer paid in Medicare taxes. It's another subsidy. If Congress had designed Medicare to pay for itself rather than add to the budget deficit every year, payroll taxes would be far higher and your take-home pay would have been far lower. 3) Premiums from my paycheck fund my company health plan. Probably not entirely. Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You : Shots - Health News : NPR

No Medicaid expansion could create health care gaps

The number of uninsured adults fell by 5.4 million between September 2013 and May 2014, according to a Urban Institute report released Tuesday. Researchers surveyed people to try to determine how many people who signed up for insurance through the exchanges had not been insured before. The researchers also reported that more people are expected to sign up in 2014, both through Medicaid and when open enrollment begins again in the fall. The Commonwealth report found that 29% of adults were uninsured in Florida, New Mexico and Nevada, as well as more than 30% in Texas, said senior scientist and co-author David Radley. In the states with the highest rates of uninsured, about 19% of adults went without needed care, he said. "If people can't get in the door, they can't receive high-quality care," he said. Utah, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi ranked worst in the nation for access and affordability, according to the new report. Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas have expanded their Medicaid programs. No Medicaid expansion could create health care gaps

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