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  •   Iowa finds cheaper way to expand insurance covera (7+ / 0-)

    Here is another article I just found a bit ago.

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    Iowa finds cheaper way to expand insurance coverage than Wisconsin did
    By Guy Boulton of the Journal Sentinel   
    Dec. 13, 2013

    Iowa has come up with a plan for expanding insurance coverage for poor people that is similar to the one adopted by Gov. Scott Walker but at a fraction of the cost to state taxpayers.

    On Thursday, the federal government approved a proposal by Iowa that expands its Medicaid program while giving commercial health plans a larger role in expanding coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

    The broad structure of Iowa's plan — such as relying more on private health plans and less on the traditional Medicaid program — is similar to the approach developed by Walker and approved by the Legislature to increase the number of people with health insurance.

    But in Iowa, the federal government is paying the full cost for the first three years of expanding its Medicaid program to cover all adults. The federal share will eventually decline to 90% of the cost.

    In contrast, Wisconsin is paying 40%, and the federal government paying the other 60%..........

    •  I am reading these alternatives with interest (3+ / 0-)
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      however, I think we need to be wary of "expanding" Medicaid by privatizing it and sending more money to private insurance companies to monkey around with a 2-tier health care system.

      What we really need is to expand Medicaid up (add more beneficiaries by raising income requirements and bringing in single people) and Medicare down (add more beneficiaries by lowering the age limit) to gradually bring them together under a fully supported single-payer option.

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 12:35:31 PM PST

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