Opinion: People in states without Medicaid expansion can’t wait any longer to build back better

Lawmakers are in the midst of deliberations over the Build Back Better Act, a landmark legislative package to transform the U.S. for the better. One piece of the bill that would have a huge impact is a provision that would provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans who live in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid by opening up coverage for people with incomes below a certain level.

But with House lawmakers still waiting on financial details of the package, and the Senate still squabbling over a variety of provisions, it likely will take quite some time to get the bill finalized. Or worse, legislators could forgo the package entirely.

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