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A handful of states have refused to expand a life-saving healthcare program for years, denying millions of Americans health coverage. They’re finally out of excuses.

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Protesters in Livingston, Montana call for expansion of Medicaid in 2017. William Campbell-Corbis/Getty Images Politicians in several red states have resisted expanding Medicaid for more than a decade.

Research shows expanding Medicaid is the best way to get more people access to healthcare.

With new incentives in Biden’s stimulus package, the expansion will pay for itself.

Jonathan Schleifer is the Executive Director of The Fairness Project, a non-partisan nonprofit.

This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

See more stories on Insider’s business page . With the passage of President Joe Biden’s COVID relief package containing new incentives for expanding Medicaid , states that have refused to deliver healthcare to millions of Americans are quickly running out of excuses.For more than a decade, politicians in the deepest of red states have twisted themselves into knots trying to justify their denial of lifesaving care to essential workers, small business employees, farmers, and others who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford private insurance.The preferred argument of Medicaid expansion opponents since the passage of the Affordable Care Act has been that expanding the program would simply cost […]

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