U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, joined colleagues in Washington, D.C., to announce a new caucus of lawmakers aimed at encouraging states to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Clyburn, a Columbia Democrat and U.S. House assistant Democratic leader, joined caucus co-chairs U.S. Reps. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., for a news conference, criticizing South Carolina for refusing to accept Medicaid expansion despite studies showing its benefits to the state.
Clyburn said an economic study of the impact of Medicaid expansion on the state showed that “236,000 uninsured South Carolinians would get health care coverage and the state’s economic output would increase by $3.3 billion and create nearly 44,000 new jobs if the Governor and state legislators would expand Medicaid.”
Clyburn cited another study, completed for the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, that says expanding Medicaid would bring $11.2 billion of S.C. tax dollars to the state between 2014 and 2020 “rather than giving them away to the citizens of the 27 states that have expanded Medicaid. Over that 6 year-year period, South Carolina would add $9.3 million in revenue to our state’s coffers,” Clyburn said. “It is my hope we utilize that revenue rather than turn it away.”