Martin O'Malley
Democrat

Martin O'Malley's policies onHealthcare

Work with states to close the “coverage gap”

To date, 20 states have failed to take advantage of the opportunity to expand Medicaid for childless adults living below or near the poverty level. Since people living in poverty are not eligible for subsidized insurance through exchanges, they find themselves in a “gap” without access to affordable coverage. O’Malley will work in good faith with each remaining state to create a roadmap for Medicaid expansion by 2018. This will include allowing states the flexibility to experiment with different ways of expanding coverage, as New Hampshire and Montana have—provided that they meet basic parameters about beneficiary rights and covered services, including access to primary care and preventive services.

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