The states are being persuaded to broaden their programs for providing coverage to the poor.
The federal government is reissuing its encouragement to the states – particularly those where officials are skeptical about Medicaid expansion – to broaden that program through the use of federal healthcare reforms money to subsidize private insurance coverage purchase for individuals within the low incomes.
This offer being proposed by the federal government was not a model that was originally part of the new law.
At the same time, Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, has released her prediction that the program will eventually be expanded by Republican governors who see the benefit to their residents through this part of the healthcare reforms.
It has been recognized that this approach to the healthcare reform may be an expensive one.
Both federal and state officials have noted that this new level of subsidy for the healthcare reforms to include wider Medicaid will not be a cheap one. However, the hope is that it will encourage the more skeptical state officials to take part in the expansion of their programs.
The Republican controlled legislatures and the Republican governors will likely decide to take part in the Medicaid expansion, said Sebelius, because the latest addition to the healthcare reforms provides financial benefits that are too large to simply push aside. She said that the governors are currently in discussions with patient groups and hospitals within their states in order to determine what level of economic advantage could be achieved through the broadening of the program.
Sebelius explained that by taking part in these healthcare reforms, state residents would not only have access to basic coverage, but there would be a considerable drop in the number of unpaid hospitalizations. She used research results to support her claims that the average American is currently paying $1,000 more per year than necessary in health insurance premiums in order to cover the cost of uninsured hospitalizations.
Now the waiting game begins to see the results of these healthcare reforms discussions and which states will be altering their original choices to take part in the Medicaid expansion.