Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HHS on Medicaid Support: No funding for partial expansion

Earlier this month, Kathleen Sebelius released a statement encouraging states to fully expand Medicaid.  For full expansion, they will cover 100% of all costs for new enrollees for three years.  By expanding Medicaid, the states will provide better services and better fit the needs of their citizens.

Brett Norman at Politico believes that this has put many governors in an interesting spot.  Many believe that the current healthcare system is broken and simply expanding partially, or completely, will not fix that.  He also points out that by only supporting full expansion, some states will pull back on partial expansion leaving many that could become insured left without health insurance.

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What do you think?  Was offering to pay complete costs for the first three years a positive move for the government?  Will more states choose to fully expand Medicaid now?

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