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Olympia still digesting effects of health ruling on Medicaid

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on June 28, 2012 at 8:58 am with No Comments »
June 28, 2012 8:58 am

Washington’s state Medicaid overseers are still sorting through this morning’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on health reform to clarify what impact there may be. At issue was the penalty Congress envisioned to withhold Medicaid funding from states that did not go along with the expansion of Medicaid coverage to single adults that have incomes below the eligibility threshold, which state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says could benefit 328,000 Washingtonians.

Jim Stevenson, spokesman for the Health Care Authority that oversees Medicaid and state employee health plans, said early interpretations are that the court found Congress went too far and that states could refuse extra federal funds for the expansion but that the federal government could not actually pull back money the states already use in Medicaid, in which the federal and state governments share the costs of care.

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