The “healthy” “young” Americans needed to make ObamaCare stay afloat are not responding to the big-government call to support those less healthy, but many of those previously not eligible for Medicaid and the children’s program, CHIP, now are eligible. The Washington Post reports 100,000 have now qualified and signed-up but find they are not covered. Translation: before ObamaCare they were not eligible for various reasons, perhaps exceeding the low-income requirements. Today they are eligible. Can you count the votes?
To try to provide coverage to these people before they seek medical care, the Obama administration has launched a barrage of phone calls in recent days in 21 states, advising those who applied that the quickest route into the programs is to start over at their state’s Medicaid agency.
State officials, meanwhile, are racing to cope in various ways — some enrolling people based on imperfect data files they received from Washington, others mailing letters urging eligible people to contact the state to sign up.
WaPo reports that 3.9 million were eligible for Medicaid or CHIP in October and November 2012, with 270,000 applying and the 100,000 of the 270,000 not properly enrolled. ObamaCare is estimated to ADD 16 million people to Medicaid by 2019, although states must cooperate to reach that goal.
A child in New York state, for example, may be eligible for government-funded health care if his family’s household income is less than four times the federal poverty level, or $92,200 for a family of four. Source: Slate (the chart above shows 4X poverty level to be $94,200.00)
My dear Dad would suffer a heart malady if he were alive today.
…the Obama administration launched a nationwide Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Now the logic and fairness of the spend-down provision for the elderly eludes me. As the Washington Post reported on New Year’s Day, Medicaid has embarked on a massive transformation from a safety-net program for the most vulnerable in society to a broad based one that will now reach out to the middle-class and beyond…
Those newly eligible people include not only the homeless and retirees who have not yet qualified for Medicare — the government health insurance program for the elderly –but also recent college graduates, former inmates and even people of ample means who recently lost good-paying jobs and health insurance. Source: Fiscal Times, January 6, 2014
Universal Health Care, Single-Payer Health Care is Medicaid and it’s coming at us at lightening speed.
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