AHA to HHS: Medicaid Expansion Still Needs Clarification

The American Hospital Association (pdf) sent a letter yesterday to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking extra clarification to the Medicaid expansion embedded within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock wrote that hospitals are a "central component of the federal-state partnership that serves as the basis for the Medicaid program," and the trade association wants to make sure the new expansion rules are clear for hospitals and patients.

The letter listed 12 specific questions on the topic, including:

•    Are individuals with incomes between 100 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty level eligible for subsidies through health insurance exchanges?

•    Can states expand Medicaid coverage to certain populations?

•    How will the Medicaid expansion option affect the Medicare disproportionate share hospital payment reductions as well as the Medicaid DSH payment reductions?

More Articles on Medicaid Expansion:

Study: Medicaid Rolls to Expand by 14M People by 2019

CMS: States Can Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion After Opting in

GAO: States Want More CMS Guidance for Medicaid Expansion

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