Will more people be eligible for Medicaid?
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) provided the following in its Apr. 7, 2010 issue brief “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Provisions in the New Health Reform Law,” on www.kff.org:
“The new law expands Medicaid to a national floor of 133% of poverty ($14,404 for an individual or about $29,326 for a family of four in 2009) to help reduce state-by-state variation in eligibility for Medicaid and also include non-Medicare eligible adults under age 65 without dependent children who are currently not eligible for the program. Children currently covered by CHIP [Childen’s Health Insurance Program] between 100% and 133% of poverty would be transitioned to Medicaid coverage. These changes help to provide the base of seamless and affordable coverage nationwide through Medicaid for those with incomes up to 133% of poverty and then subsidies for coverage for individuals with incomes between 133% and 400% of poverty through state-based Health Benefit Exchanges. Individuals eligible for Medicaid would not be eligible for subsidies in the state exchange. For most Medicaid enrollees, income would be based on modified adjusted gross income without an assets test or resource test.”Apr. 7, 2010
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided the following in the page “Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, By Year” on www.healthcare.gov (accessed July 23, 2010):
“States will be able to receive federal matching funds for covering some additional low-income individuals and families under Medicaid for whom federal funds were not previously available. This will make it easier for states that choose to do so to cover more of their residents. Effective April 1, 2010.
…The new Community First Choice Option allows States to offer home and community based services to disabled individuals through Medicaid rather than institutional care in nursing homes. Effective beginning October 1, 2011.
…Americans who earn less than 133 percent of the poverty level (approximately $14,000 for an individual and $29,000 for a family of four) will be eligible to enroll in Medicaid. States will receive 100 percent federal funding for the first three years to support this expanded coverage, phasing to 90 percent federal funding in subsequent years. Effective January 1, 2014.”July 23, 2010
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