Tuesday, October 24th
The idea of offering Medicaid as an option that people with higher incomes could purchase has been a topic of discussion recently. Could it be a solution for consumers who live in areas that commercial insurance carriers do not serve through the exchange, known as “bare counties” since Medicaid has a statewide reach and contracts with providers everywhere? Could it become a public option and provide consumers more choices? The concept is being considered by a U. S. Senator and was explored in Nevada where the state legislature passed a law in 2016 to offer Medicaid as a buy-in that was ultimately vetoed. After hearing a state and federal legislative perspective and thoughts from a national expert on the issue, there will be opportunity for thoughtful discussion. What are the potential advantages to a state in offering a Medicaid buy-in? What are the disadvantages or potential insurance market implications? What are some of the challenges in enacting and implementing this option?
- Aimee Grace, Health Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Brian Schatz, State of Hawaii
- Cindy Mann, Partner, Manatt Health
- Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, Representing Assembly District 30, State of Nevada