States that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are seeing major budget savings, according to reports released in the past month. These budget savings coupled with new data linking Medicaid expansion to job growth in the health care sector add to the reasons why the program makes good sense for states.
Fast-Track Enrollment Could Save Your State Valuable Time, Money, and Staff Resources—All While Increasing the Number of People Who Get Health Insurance
New data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demonstrate the marked success of recent enrollment efforts: Since before the first open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has grown by 7.2 million people.
In order to get as many uninsured and underinsured Americans as possible signed up for health insurance through the marketplaces, some especially cognizant congressional lawmakers have taken steps to educate, engage, and enroll their constituents. While the Affordable Care Act funds navigators and other programs to help with enrollment, those groups can’t do it alone. Some members of Congress are playing the important role of making sure people know about the new health insurance options.
The Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver recently submitted to the federal government by the Department of Human Services will not include a major reduction in the eligibility level for parents in NJ FamilyCare.
Apparently, a New Jersey family of three with an income of $5,500 a year is making too much money to qualify for financial help with health care.
Here’s the back-story: Last week, Governor Christie proposed cutting the maximum income to qualify for Medicaid from $24,645 to an absurdly low $5,317 for a family of three, a whopping one-fifth of the current rate.