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Healthcare Reform: Medicaid

HealthLeaders magazine, October 13, 2010

Federal healthcare reform legislation will produce dramatic changes in Medicaid. The impact on the various states, though, will vary. Medicaid eligibility will expand to include nearly all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty line (FPL). The Congressional Budget Office estimates that nearly 16 million additional individuals will enroll in Medicaid. The federal government initially will pick up 100% of the cost of covering newly eligible people, but that will drop to 80% by 2020. Because eligibility criteria vary by state, some states will benefit more than others. Enrollment rates are likely to vary by state because of different levels of support and outreach.

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