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HHS says no to full funding for partial Medicaid expansions

December 11, 2012
by Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius posted a blog Monday that clarified HHS’ position on funding for state Medicaid expansions clear: No full expansion, no full funding.

"While the law does not create an option for enhanced match for a partial or phased-in Medicaid expansion to 133 percent of poverty, we will consider waivers at the regular matching rate now and, in 2017 when the 100 percent federal funding for the expansion group is slightly reduced, broad-based State Innovation Waivers," Sebelius wrote in the posted guidelines.

The same day, HHS also posted a detailed FAQ document to address some of the questions that have been circulating about state health exchanges (HIX), Medicaid expansion and coordination between exchanges and other federal programs.

Sebelius also announced that six states who submitted their plans early to HHS have been granted conditional approval for their state exchange plans: ColoradoConnecticut, MassachusettsMarylandOregon, and Washington

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