Gov. McAuliffe has proposed a 2-year “pilot program” of Medicaid Expansion. Conveniently, two years is the time period during which the Feds pay ‘all’ the cost (not really).
“Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly …”
Warning for Virginians: beware of the empty promises in Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion plan before blindly (and mistakenly) adopting it for the Commonwealth.
The Virginia state government is considering adoption of a “Marketplace Virginia” Medicaid expansion plan based on a so-called “Private Option” being implemented in Arkansas. In the “Private Option,” the Federal Government uses Federal Medicaid funds to buy insurance for needy people in the Obamacare healthcare exchanges so they can receive benefits through managed care organizations.
Arkansas implemented its Private Option plan a year ago but has had serious second thoughts about continuing the program. In a video, Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman and other policymakers warn legislators in other states not to buy into the Private Option’s empty promises.
Moreover, the Foundation for Government Accountability has prepared the following handout below that identifies “Eight Empty Promises of the Arkansas Private Option:”
1. EIGHT EMPTY PROMISES OF THE ARKANSAS PRIVATE OPTION
EMPTY PROMISE: THE PRIVATE OPTION IS NOT PART OF OBAMACARE.
FACT: THE PRIVATE OPTION IMPLEMENTS KEY ASPECT OFOBAMACARE.
Medicaid expansion is perhaps the single most important aspect of ObamaCare. Once fully implemented, most of the individuals the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to gain coverage under ObamaCare will do so through Medicaid expansion. The agreement Arkansas made with the Obama administration explicitly states that the Private Option expands Medicaid coverage to all groups made eligible through Title II of ObamaCare.