Medicaid expansion, move from FFS care helped boost enrollment in private plans by 7.8 million in the last year, report says

November 14, 2015

The expansion of Medicaid benefits for poor Americans under the ACA and the general move away from fee-for-service medicine helped boost enrollment in private health plans by 7.8 million beneficiaries in the last year, according to a report. Managed-care plans are taking on an unprecedented role in providing health coverage to poor Americans thanks in part to more states opting to go along with the Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court three years ago gave states the option to expand their Medicaid programs and 30 have done so or are in the process of doing so. An increasing number of Republican-dominated legislatures facing budget issues are handing off more of the administration of Medicaid to private plans in hopes they can better coordinate care. It's a bipartisan movement with Republican governors leading the way despite their general opposition to the ACA.
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