More Uninsured Americans Moving Into Cash-Strapped Medicaid Programs.

On the Fox Business (5/18) website, Elizabeth MacDonald wrote, “Health reform will add an estimated 16 million new enrollees, mostly uninsured adults, into the Medicaid system by 2019, on top of the estimated 49 million already enrolled.” At the same time, MacDonald wrote, “an additional 16 million people are projected to gain private health coverage through new, state-based health insurance exchanges, with government subsidies provided for those up to 400% federal poverty level. The states will manage those exchanges, too.” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “acknowledged the problems states are facing in a letter to governors on February 3, 2011. ‘ Unfortunately, the letter simply reiterated the limited options available under current law’ to fix this concern,” said a “new report from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Senate Finance Committee.”

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