Former CMS director Cindy Mann discusses Medicaid expansion

January 27, 2016

Hospitals and payers benefit from Medicaid expansion, according to Attorney Cindy Mann, who formerly directed the Medicaid program for CMS. Mann, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Washington, D.C., said hospitals in Medicaid expansion states fare better financially than those in states that have not adopted the initiative. To date, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, leaving 18 states without the initiative to cover low income individuals and families. Louisiana became the latest and the first state in the Deep South to expand Medicaid. South Dakota may soon follow, as that state, along with Virginia and Wyoming, have included Medicaid expansion in their fiscal year 2017 budget proposals, according to The Advisory Board. Republican Georgia State Senator Fran Millar said he believes "it's inevitable" that the state will expand Medicaid, since access to care is "a big problem," according to The Advisory Board. Meanwhile, newly-elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky, who campaigned on a pledge to dismantle Kynect, has since amended his views to allow for section waivers. In Arkansas, GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson came to the same conclusion, Mann said.
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