Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country - Ep. 4 "Medicaid Minus Half"

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Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country - Ep. 4 "Medicaid Minus Half"

Medicaid is a particularly complex government insurance program for the poor. But for American Indians and Alaska Natives, Medicaid is also an odd partnership between states and the federal government. The U.S. pays the bills, but each of the 50 states decide the rules and what's authorized as a health care cost. And there's another problem: The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid eligibility, but only about half the states are doing that. This means that hundreds of thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives will lose out on expanded the insurance coverage that was supposed to happen under the Affordable Care Act.

Written by Mark Trahant.

Interviews conducted and edited by Mark Trahant.