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Medicaid Oversight Bodes Poorly For Health Care Reform

09/14/11

  05:17:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Medicaid Oversight Bodes Poorly For Health Care Reform

On his Health Policy Blog, John Goodman contemplates a Census Bureau statistic which estimates that one out of every three uninsured Americans is eligible to be covered under Medicaid and other public programs, but isn’t taking advantage of it. “Either they haven’t bothered to sign up or they did bother and found the task too daunting,” Goodman writes. He goes on to place this stat in the context of health care reform:

“Put aside everything you’ve heard about ObamaCare and focus on this bottom line point: going all the way back to the Democratic presidential primary, ObamaCare was always first and foremost about insuring the uninsured. Yet at the end of the day, the new health law is only going to insure about 32 million more people out of more than 50 million uninsured. Half that goal will be achieved by new enrollment in Medicaid. But if you believe the Census Bureau surveys, we could enroll just as many people in Medicaid by merely signing up those who are already eligible!”

Goodman also references several editorials that argue the government is a much more efficient administrator than private insurance companies, to which he responds: “Can you imagine [a private insurer] leaving one-third of its customers without a sale, just because they couldn’t fill out the paperwork properly? Well that’s what Medicaid does, day in and day out.”

You can read the rest of Goodman’s post here.

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