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Obama Administration Delays Basic Healthcare Option to 2015

The Obama administration has pushed back by one year the rollout of a health program aimed at low- to moderate-income people who will not qualify for the expanded Medicaid program under the federal health law...
February 13, 2013

The Obama administration has pushed back by one year the rollout of a health program aimed at low- to moderate-income people who will not qualify for the expanded Medicaid program under the federal health law. Under the so-called Basic Health Program, some states had planned to offer government insurance to people who do not qualify for Medicaid, but who would have a difficult time – even with federal subsidies – to afford the premiums and cost-sharing of plans offered in the new insurance marketplaces. Those earning up to twice the federal poverty level, or about $47,000 for a family of four, would have been eligible.

The Department of Health and Human Services said it ran out of time to put out guidelines to get the program operating by 2014, but the agency said it will work with states to have the program available in 2015 and help states continue efforts to help people get coverage who do not qualify for Medicaid. – more

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