Privatizing the Medicaid expansion: 'Every State Will be Eying This'

Arkansas has turned heads with its plan to expand Medicaid using the private insurance market. The idea — which is still preliminary — would be to use Medicaid dollars to buy private insurance coverage for the expansion population.

For health policy experts, this has raised a huge number of questions: Will private plans guarantee the same benefits that Medicaid does? How will states pay for the private insurance, which generally costs more than the public program? And does HHS even have the legal authority to do this?

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Source: The Washington Post