Skip to comments.Another potential boost for Obamacare (Beltway logic - Medicaid signups equal success)
Posted on 12/10/2013 11:35:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act tend to suggest expanded coverage resulting from the laws Medicaid expansion somehow doesnt really count as success. But the laws goal is to expand coverage, and the Medicaid expansion is one of the tools it utilizes to accomplish that.
And heres another way the Medicaid expansion could succeed continuing to grow the built-in constituencies that will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
Im told that the Department of Health and Human Services has just notified Iowa that it is prepared to grant the state a waiver to pursue much of what it has asked for in response to its request for HHS approval to expand Medicaid-funded coverage to low income Iowans on the states own terms. Iowa has proposed a lot of innovative ideas around the Medicaid expansion, and were really pleased to approve the waiver today, an HHS official tells me.
This could make it more likely Iowa takes federal money to expand coverage which could impact as many as 150,000 people and that, in turn, could also signal that other states similarly looking to expand Medicaid in their own way could have an easier time doing that...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
If you define “Success” as “ increased dependence on Government Handouts” yeah, it’s a smashing success.
Does anyone know the process by which the applicants have signed onto Medicaid? Previously, there was scrutiny regarding income. With the waiving of the individual mandate and the income verification now on the “honor” system I wonder whether folks are signing onto Medicaid who would not previously qualified. Is there an annual re-qualification for Medicaid? For instance if someone needed it previously but then became employed? Are the income figures verified by cross checking social security numbers? It just seems odd that so many folks are now on Medicaid that previously were not. I figure that most folks in true need know where to get the help and were previously enrolled. This new wave of participants doesn’t make sense.
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