Governors Explore Private Medicaid Plans

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 02:17 PM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas are pushing a plan to use Medicaid expansion funding under Obamacare to help the poor buy private insurance, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Instead of directly expanding the Medicaid program, the governors hope to convince the Obama administration that the private insurers can provide more efficient and perhaps less costly coverage than the Medicaid program can provide.

“We all see this as a complete 90-degree turn toward the right direction,“ Arkansas GOP House Speaker Davy Carter told the Journal.

Both Beebe and Kasich have embraced the idea of expanding the Medicaid program in their states, but are facing resistance from Republican state legislators, who have argued that the private sector can provide care more efficiently than government-run Medicaid.

Federal law already allows states to use Medicaid dollars to pay the private insurance premiums for low-income people, but only if they can prove the plan provides the same benefits as Medicaid and is more cost-effective.

So far, though, no state has opted to actually pursue that route because of the difficulties in proving private insurance offers the same benefits, according to the Journal.

In addition to Kasich and Beebe, Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell has instructed health officials in his administration to review the private insurance alternative.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Sarah Palin: Tina Fey Owes Me Big for Career Success

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 17:19 PM

Sarah Palin says former Saturday Night Live cast member Tina Fey owes her big – for helping to catapult the actress' car . . .

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Virginia

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 16:13 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia, putting a lower court ruling on hold while th . . .

'House of Cards' Actress to Star in Burnett's CBS Mini 'Dovekeepers'

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 15:48 PM

House of Cards and Manhattan alum Rachel Brosnahan is set to take flight as the star of The Dovekeepers, the four-h . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved