Monday, August 6. 2012
With the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the Medicaid program, a study from the Government Accountability Office showed that states need more guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to meet the 2014 deadline.
Medicaid will be expanded significantly by 2014, and many states that want to expand their programs - as it was ruled optional by the Supreme Court - need better help on how to implement the program, the study found.
This includes an increase of accessibility of the Federal Data Services Hub, as well as an improvement of information technology. This will help those looking for Medicaid to use a website to find out if they qualify for coverage, and allow online applications, GAO notes.
At present, there is no specific deadline for the states to make the Medicaid expansion, and those who don't decide to expand would not have to pay back the funds in this case.
Those who are concerned about the future of their Medicaid coverage due to the major changes in the industry may benefit from looking for a private policy. This can be made easier by looking for health insurance quotes online. Many plans may have affordable health insurance rates.