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    The ACA Medicaid Gap

    A wrinkle in the healthcare law implementation that seems to not get talked about much around here is the Medicaid gap.

    The ACA Medicaid Gap-medicaid_graphic-151-jpg

    As you can see from the graph, some states have a Medicaid eligibility threshold that is incredibly low. This is one thing the ACA attempted to rectify. The Feds would pick up the tab for increasing the Medicaid threshold to 138% of the FPL in all states for the first three years. After that, state contribution to this expansion phases up to 10% by 2020. The Feds still pick up the other 90%. People at least 100% of the FPL through 400% are eligible for subsidies under the ACA. People under 100% are not. The assumption is that these people would become eligible for Medicaid and be covered that way instead.

    Here's where the wrinkle comes into play. The Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to require a state to accept this money. States had to be given the opportunity to opt out. 26 states chose to opt out. All of them with GOP governors or legislatures. In many of these states, the Medicaid threshold is less than 100% of the FPL. This leaves a gap where low-income families are not eligible for Medicaid and are not eligible for subsidies to health insurance premiums.

    Your family of three can't get help with healthcare, because your state turned down a ton of money that would have helped you. I'd be upset.

    Why hasn't a bill been floated to close this gap? Lower the premium subsidy to 0-400% of the FPL. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you are not eligible for subsidies, so the effect of this would be that the premium subsidies cover down to your state's Medicaid threshold.

    Would you approve of such a bill?

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    Re: The ACA Medicaid Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    A wrinkle in the healthcare law implementation that seems to not get talked about much around here is the Medicaid gap.

    The ACA Medicaid Gap-medicaid_graphic-151-jpg

    As you can see from the graph, some states have a Medicaid eligibility threshold that is incredibly low. This is one thing the ACA attempted to rectify. The Feds would pick up the tab for increasing the Medicaid threshold to 138% of the FPL in all states for the first three years. After that, state contribution to this expansion phases up to 10% by 2020. The Feds still pick up the other 90%. People at least 100% of the FPL through 400% are eligible for subsidies under the ACA. People under 100% are not. The assumption is that these people would become eligible for Medicaid and be covered that way instead.

    Here's where the wrinkle comes into play. The Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to require a state to accept this money. States had to be given the opportunity to opt out. 26 states chose to opt out. All of them with GOP governors or legislatures. In many of these states, the Medicaid threshold is less than 100% of the FPL. This leaves a gap where low-income families are not eligible for Medicaid and are not eligible for subsidies to health insurance premiums.

    Your family of three can't get help with healthcare, because your state turned down a ton of money that would have helped you. I'd be upset.

    Why hasn't a bill been floated to close this gap? Lower the premium subsidy to 0-400% of the FPL. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you are not eligible for subsidies, so the effect of this would be that the premium subsidies cover down to your state's Medicaid threshold.

    Would you approve of such a bill?
    then move you have 24 other states to choose from

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    Re: The ACA Medicaid Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    then move you have 24 other states to choose from
    So, is that a no? You would not vote to close this gap?

    And how, exactly, is a family of three living in Texas supposed to move with an annual income of $4700?
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    Re: The ACA Medicaid Gap

    From this poll, we can extrapolate that every American would support such a fix!
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    Re: The ACA Medicaid Gap

    Hey Deuce, post a goddam link to the graphic, OK?

    Then could you pare down your question to one sentence in length from four paragraphs (!!!) in length?

    Thanks.

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