SacBee: Questions multiply as Medicaid changes near

By Tony Pugh
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 8A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 7:52 am

WASHINGTON – In the largest one-year enrollment bump in program history, 8 million Americans are expected to gain health insurancethrough Medicaid in 2014 under the nation’s massive health care overhaul.

The Medicaid expansion is a signature provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and will mark a symbolic turning point in the controversial public and private effort to provide health insurance for all Americans.

Yet questions about the cost of the expansion, whether states will cooperate and a potential shortage of care providers has cast a cloud of uncertainty over the move as the nation’s rapidly evolving health care system readies for this rare jolt of newly insured patients – and whatever surprises come with them.

“The challenge is you don’t know who will show up until they show up,” said Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

He said that nearly every state that has undergone a large expansion of its Medicaid eligibility has seen two things: “More people show up than you think will show up, and the people that show up are sicker than you expected.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/WNcpXI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

  • LAAAC is managed by St. Barnabas Senior Services; Funded, in part, by Archstone Foundation.
  • St. Barnabas Senior Services

%d bloggers like this: