The New Federal Poverty Level Essay

1219 Words Feb 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Social disparities exist in every socio-economics status, the one that is most prevalent at this time in our nation is the lack of healthcare, which, is something that affects countless individuals. The Affordable Care Act, which, is also known as ACA or more commonly known as Obama Care was supposed to be the answer for individuals healthcare needs. Needless to say, there are still several issues, the most prominent issue exists with the negative shadow that is cast upon the Medicaid program. Medicaid is the healthcare system that individual receives when their income falls below the new standard of 133% of the federal poverty level (CMS.gov, 2013). The new federal poverty level is beneficial is the sense that it is covering a wider population of uninsured throughout the nation. This would be perfect if the nation accepted this as a creditable and honorable insurance to partake in. Medicaid users have been treated poorly and undeserving for decades, but ACA was supposed to be a remedy that our nation derived to rectify the issue of the abundance of individuals going without healthcare. With that being said, there are several individuals who technically obtain insurance, but they are either too ashamed to use it or don’t know how to use it. Thus, leaving us still in a predicament.
The copiousness of the hidden barriers that go along with Medicaid insurance is only truly obvious to those who must utilize it, and the rest of the world perceives it as free insurance…

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