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The midterm elections could decide whether 2.7 million Americans have access to healthcare

The midterm elections could decide whether 2.7 million Americans have access to healthcare
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The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, allows states to expand the Medicaid healthcare program to people making up to 138% of the federal poverty limit.




Three states have questions on the ballot in Tuesday's midterm elections that would expand Medicaid: Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah.




Six other states — Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, South Dakota, and Wisconsin — have Democratic candidates for governor on the ballot that would expand Medicaid access.




According to healthcare consulting firm Avalere, up to 2.7 million people could gain access to coverage on Tuesday.



Tuesday's midterm elections not only will determine the control of Congress and dozens of governors' mansions across the US. It could decide access to healthcare for millions of low-income Americans.
The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, which allows low income Americans making up to 138% of the federal poverty limit to get access to the program, will be on the ballot in three states. And six other states that have not expanded the program have pro-expansion governor candidates on the ballot, as well.
According to Avalere Health, a healthcare consulting firm, up to 2.7 million Americans could gain access to healthcare if the results break a certain way. In three states — Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah — Medicaid expansion is directly on the ballot, while six other states that have not expanded Medicaid have Democratic, pro-expansion governor candidates in competitive races.
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