How much is too much for someone to be ineligible for Medicaid? In some states, adults earning as little as $5,000 can be kicked off the program.
Medicaid is a federal program designed to provide health coverage to children and adults with limited financial means and disabilities. Different states have different financial qualifications that adults must meet in order to receive coverage.
In most states, adults in a family of three must have a combined income that is less than the federal poverty level, which is currently at $19,090 for a family of three. But in states like Florida, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, adults who qualify must have an income of 26 percent or less of the FPL, according to The Kaiser Commission On Medicaid And The Uninsured. In states like Alabama and Texas, making more than $3,000 can be deemed as making too much to receive subsidized medical coverage.
President Barack Obama's healthcare reform legislation stipulated that states would have to effectively expand Medicaid coverage to adults making 133 percent of the FPL, according to Kaiser. But the Supreme Court has ruled that states have a right to opt out of the medicaid expansion, the Associated Press reports.
Five states have decided to opt out, according to the AP. Among the ranks are Texas and Florida, which already impose tough restrictions on adults seeking coverage. "We don't need the federal government telling us what to do when it comes to meeting the needs of the citizens of our states," Florida Governor Rick Scott wrote in U.S. News and World Report. "And we don't need Washington putting states on the hook for future budget obligations."
Below are states where making as little as $5,000 makes you ineligible for medicaid coverage: