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ObamaCare advocates repeatedly promise that Medicaid expansion is fully funded by the federal government, at least through 2016. Advocates repeated this promise for the Arkansas “Private Option” Medicaid expansion, which sought to use Medicaid funding to deliver Medicaid benefits to a new class of working-age, able-bodied adults through private ObamaCare exchange plans. But under terms of the Private Option federal...[ read more ]

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OBAMACARE BREAKS THE PROMISE OF MEDICARE FOR SENIORS TO BANKROLL A MEDICAID EXPANSION FOR ABLE-BODIED, CHILDLESS ADULTS THE MEDICARE PROMISE OUR SENIORS DEPEND UPON Medicare is under attack. Created to provide seniors with basic protections as they encounter medical issues during their golden years, Medicare seniors are yet another victim of the federal Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and the Washington...[ read more ]

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On the call: Josh Archambault | Senior Fellow, Foundation for Government Accountability February 28, 2014 http://uncoverobamacare.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Medicaid-Expansion-Effect-on-Seniors.mp3 Jonathan Bechtle Thank you for joining us on today's call. I'm Jonathan Bechtle, the COO and General Counsel of the Foundation for Government Accountability. FGA builds paths to a better life by equipping leaders with proven strategies to reform failed health and welfare programs...[ read more ]

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On the call: Chris Conover | Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Avik Roy | Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute http://uncoverobamacare.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Does-Medicaid-Expansion-Really-Save-Lives.mp3 **Due to a technical malfunction, the beginning of this conference call did not record. Audio begins during Chris Conver's response to this question: “In layman's terms, can you talk about where the “Medicaid expansion saves lives” numbers come from, and whether...[ read more ]

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SUMMARY Senate File 118 expands Medicaid eligibility to the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion population— roughly 24,000 working-age, able-bodied adults—for at least three years. This bill would enroll some of the Medicaid expansion population in qualified health plans on the ObamaCare health insurance exchange and would enroll some individuals in Old Medicaid. Enrollees earning less than the federal poverty level would be...[ read more ]

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Executive Summary After lawmakers in Arkansas and Iowa adopted a new brand of Medicaid expansion in 2013, legislators in other states—even those opposed to traditional Medicaid expansion—began considering replicating these so-called “Private Option” Medicaid expansions. The Nebraska Legislature is currently considering one of these “alternative” plans to expand Medicaid eligibility, which it calls the Wellness in Nebraska (WIN) plan. This...[ read more ]

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More Broken Promises for Maine Patients & Taxpayers PROMISE: MEDICAID EXPANSION WILL DRAMATICALLY REDUCE MAINE'S RATE OF UNINSURED TRUTH: OBAMACARE'S MEDICAID EXPANSION WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE UNINSURED RATE Maine's prior Medicaid expansion resulted in a virtually unchanged uninsured rate among the non-elderly, from 12.3% (132,000) in 2002 to 11.8% (133,000) by 2011. Arizona, Delaware and Oregon had the...[ read more ]

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Projections of how many Americans will enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) insurance exchanges are a moving target. The Supreme Court's ObamaCare ruling in 2012 and the implementation decisions of individual states have kept federal projections in flux. Initial estimates of 14 million enrollees in 2014 have been quietly downplayed by the Centers for Medicare and...[ read more ]

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In January, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that “doing nothing is not an option” when it comes to expanding Medicaid as permitted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The two options under consideration by Utah's Health Reform Task Force are largely based on Arkansas's Private Option, which is often held up as a market-oriented alternative to...[ read more ]

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Chairman Burris, Chairperson Bledsoe and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is Jonathan Ingram. I am an attorney and serve as director of research at the Foundation for Government Accountability. We are a non-partisan research organization focused exclusively on health and welfare issues and we work with legislators and executive branch officials...[ read more ]