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Gap in Reform Law Could Leave Many Low-Income People Uninsured

When the Supreme Court gave states discretion over whether to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, it unintentionally created a gap in potential coverage options for many low-income people that may leave many of those people without affordable health insurance. According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund, the 2010 reform law anticipated that everyone with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level would be covered by Medicaid.  Individuals and families with incomes between 133 percent and 399 percent of the federal poverty level could use new federal subsidies to help purchase private health insurance. In states that are not expanding their Medicaid programs, people with incomes between 133 percent and 399 percent of … Read More

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health care reform, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Medicaid Expansion to Ease Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care But Not in PA

Hospitals in states that expand their Medicaid programs under provisions of the Affordable Care Act should see a reduction in their uncompensated care once people begin applying for Medicaid benefits. That will not be happening in Pennsylvania, however, because the state is not expanding eligibility for its Medicaid program. In states that do expand their programs, hospitals will continue to lose money serving Medicaid patients because Medicaid payments seldom cover the cost of the services hospitals provide.  Demand for Medicaid services will grow in these states, moreover, as more people become eligible for benefits and some who have not had regular access to care for years begin to use their new benefits to address long-standing medical problems. Recent published reports … Read More

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health care reform, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy
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