Expert Voices: Medicaid Expansion: What's at Stake for 2014 and Beyond?
Joan Henneberry, MS, Principal, Health Management Associates
Kathy D. Gifford, JD, Managing Principal, Health Management Associates
The Arkansas legislature’s approval of a private alternative to the ACA Medicaid expansion responds to the concern many states have about growing a public program. Nearly half of state governors are currently leaning against or are undecided on the Medicaid expansion. If these states follow their governors’ pronouncements, an estimated 6.4 million low-income, uninsured adults are at risk of remaining without insurance. Hospitals, employers and the privately insured also stand to lose in states that opt out. In this essay, two former state Medicaid directors examine the Medicaid expansion from different stakeholder perspectives and offer evidence of the sustained financial benefits that can accrue to states accepting federal funding to expand Medicaid eligibility. Read more...
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- Steven M. Lieberman, Engelberg Center for Health Reform, Brookings Institution and Lieberman Consulting, "ACOs at Mid-Launch: Moving Forward but Challenges Ahead" (May 2012)
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- Anna D. Sinaiko, Harvard School of Public Health, "Tiered Provider Networks as a Strategy to Improve Health Care Quality and Efficiency" (February 2012)