Among the historic health care investments in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda is a plan to close the Medicaid coverage gap. Today, about 2.2 million people with family incomes below the federal poverty level—most of whom are people of color—are uninsured because they live in states where policymakers continue to block Medicaid expansion. Ensuring that all people have access to coverage regardless of where they live is essential to reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. The Biden administration and congressional leaders have sought to center health equity in the COVID-19 response; a permanent, comprehensive coverage expansion that closes the coverage gap is an essential part of this approach.
Please join the Center for American Progress, Community Catalyst, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for a conversation with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) about the need to close the coverage gap.
We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #CloseTheMedicaidGap. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.