HHS deputy secretary: Alabama is passing up $3.9 million every day by refusing Medicaid expansion

al.com, March 28, 2014

In an interview with Alabama Public Radio, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Bill Corrs said Alabama is passing up $3.9 million every day that could go towards providing health insurance by refusing to expand Medicaid in the state.

"This is not about politics," Corrs said. "This is about getting every citizen the opportunity to stay healthy and to have their family with access to quality health care.”

Tom Vilsack, President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, also told Alabama Public Radio in a separate interview that rural Americans pay higher out-of-pocket expenses for medical costs.

AL.com has been taking a closer look at Obamacare as part of Alabama Media Group's Investigative Journalism Lab, which includes collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and NPR station WBHM.

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