From Kaiser Health News, this interesting bit of information related to the roll-out of Obamacare:
The Obama administration has delayed by one year the rollout of a health program aimed at low to moderate-income people who won’t qualify for the expanded Medicaid program under the federal health law.
Under the so-called Basic Health Program, some states had planned to offer government insurance to people who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but who would be hard pressed ““ even with federal subsidies ““ to afford the premiums and cost-sharing of plans offered in the new insurance marketplaces. Those earning up to twice the federal poverty level, or about $47,000 for a family of four, would have been eligible. …
“˜HHS expects to issue proposed rules regarding the Basic Health Program for comment in 2013 and final guidance in 2014, so that the program will be operational beginning in 2015 for states interested in pursuing this option.’
I hope that means that those who will be eligible for, and need, the Basic Health Program will be given however long it takes to get the program “operational,” and not required to pay for something they can’t afford.