An influential White House aide's announcement of a change in public healthcare was announced on a date sometime before Friday, March 22, 2013. The announcement was that the Obama Administration will authorize vouchers to be paid with Federal Taxpayer Medicaid money. See "Aide Revisits Medicaid, ACA: Vouchers By Another Name" posted here on March 25, 2013, with a postscript posted here on Friday, March 29, 2013. This apparent change in public healthcare policy with respect to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, as reported in The New York Times, was privately announced over the telephone between White House aide Valerie Jarrett and Ohio Governor Kasich. See Robert Pear, "Expanding Medicaid With Private Insurance / A Sharp Departure On Health Care Law" p. A14, col. 6 (New York Times Nat'l ed., Friday, March 22, 2013).
This change in healthcare policy was publicly announced for the first time on Friday, March 29, 2013, although there was no specific mention of Ohio in it or in its linked Frequently Asked Questions. See Cindy Mann, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director, "Continuing to Work With States to Build New Systems of Health Coverage" (posted on Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Blog on Friday, March 29, 2013).
It is a frequently asked question what if any change to Medicaid will take place in Ohio. In fact, there has been no public announcement at all concerning healthcare law and Medicaid policy change, if any, in Ohio or anywhere else with the single exception of Arkansas.
In Ms. Mann's blog post, she wrote that "[p]remium assistance has been a longstanding option in both Medicaid and CHIP and is one way to accomplish those shared goals."
Maybe. Maybe this is nothing more than a recent application of a pre-existing healthcare policy without any effect on the ACA passed into law by Congress.
That is not how this policy changed is being perceived. "The plan is a departure from the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which calls for an expansion of government-run Medicaid, the health program for the poor." Alex Wayne, "Some U.S. States Can Shift Medicaid Funds to Exchanges" (Bloomberg.com, Saturday, March 30, 2013). See, in addition, Editorial, "Using Medicaid Dollars for Private Insurance / There Are Major Benefits And Big Risks In What Some Republican-led States Want To Do" p. A16 (New York Times Nat'l ed., Monday, April 1, 2013).
To be continued on Insurance Claims and Bad Faith Law Blog ......