In an attempt to find a middle ground between accepting the Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s law and rejecting it, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill with the intent of using Medicaid dollars to allow recipients to purchase a form of private insurance.
The proposal relies heavily on two assumptions: that adding new, subsidized customers will result in increased price competition among providers, and that the new coverage will not prove significantly more expensive than the originally intended Medicaid plans, an aim that could prove daunting.
Under the plan approved by the legislature, the state will apply for a demonstration waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the 1115 waivers are a method “states can use to test new or existing ways to deliver and pay for health-care services in Medicaid.”
Nicole Kaeding, state policy manager at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation,...
In the wake of reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative and libertarian nonprofits for additional scrutiny based on their political views, some in Congress are pushing for restrictions on the agency in advance of its implementation of President Obama’s individual mandate.
Republican Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, a physician, introduced the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act” (H.R. 2009), which would bar the IRS from implementing any aspect of Obama’s health care...
The Obama administration has denied Oklahoma’s request to extend Insure Oklahoma, a program of premium assistance benefitting the Sooner State’s working poor.
Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin encouraged President Obama “to keep his promises and reverse his decision to gut one of Oklahoma’s most successful health initiatives” in a letter released in the wake of the decision. The state has until July 1 to begin phasing out the program.
Obamacare the Culprit
Cindy Mann, director of the...