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Obama Administration Delays Basic Health Care Program For Those Not Qualifying for Medicaid

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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.

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6 Responses to Obama Administration Delays Basic Health Care Program For Those Not Qualifying for Medicaid

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter February 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Troubling…just open medicare to all.

    • Joyce Arnold February 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      You socialized medicine proponent!

      I so wish “Medicare for all!” was a possibility.

  2. StrideHyde February 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Anyone at 4x poverty or below will be eligible for federal subsidies. The most any such person will have to pay in premiums will be 9.5 percent of income. I’m wondering if this happened because SCOTUS struck down Medicaid expansion.

  3. fangio February 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    During the budget fiasco that was passed back at the beginning of January funding for the co-ops was eliminated as well as funding for home care. The administration continues to issue one waiver after another and now this. They have allowed contraception to become a dirty word and let the Catholic bishops run their big mouths and step all over them. Acting as if we still had the Articles of Confederation, state after state thumbs it’s nose at the health exchanges. It should be pretty obvious that Obamacare is disappearing before our eyes. What a surprise, the more things change the more they stay the same.

  4. StrideHyde February 10, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    According to the Health Affairs Blog the answer to my question above is no. This has nothing to do with the states that are opting out of the expansion, instead it sounds like typical HHS inability to get its regulations in order on time. This program would have allowed for the use of federal subsidies for these same individuals to access coverage on the exchanges to be used to smooth out churning, the movement of individuals between the exchanges and Medicaid. While it is regrettable that HHS didn’t get it together in time, that does not mean there is less money. What Fangio points out about the co-ops is more sobering. The ones already underway with their federal loans are still in place but the loss of funding will make it harder to start new ones.

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