Urban Institute: Blacks Losing Health Coverage Under Obamacare

Healthcare coverage for blacks is shrinking under Obamacare, a new report finds.

According to research group the Urban Institute , Latinos, American Indians and Alaska natives have all seen “dramatic” increases in healthcare coverage over the last year.

But blacks haven’t fared as well; the report noted more than half of all black individuals and families live in the 21 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid eligibility.

As a result, about 1.4 million black individuals are caught in an “eligibility gap,” the reports finds — making too little to buy coverage and too much to qualify for Medicaid.

According to The Hill, out of 10 states with the biggest Latino populations, three states — Texas, Florida and Georgia — have not expanded Medicaid. But in the 10 states with the largest black populations, only Maryland and Delaware have expanded Medicaid.

Obamacare initially required every state to expand Medicaid but the Supreme Court ruled that states can’t be forced to do so; GOP-controlled states have largely opted out, The Hill notes.