Signups Exceed Expectations For Montana’s Medicaid Expansion

HELP Program Newly Enrolled Report.i

HELP Program Newly Enrolled Report.

MONTANA DPHHS/Corin Cates-Carney, MTPR


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MONTANA DPHHS/Corin Cates-Carney, MTPR

HELP Program Newly Enrolled Report.

HELP Program Newly Enrolled Report.

MONTANA DPHHS/Corin Cates-Carney, MTPR

Montana’s new Medicaid expansion just got its first progress report, and it is exceeding expectations.

Initial projections were for about 23,000 of the state’s estimated 70,000 Medicaid-eligible residents to take up the new coverage in its first year. Instead, in the first quarter, since its rollout on Jan. 1, enrollment is at 38,298.

The report came Tuesday from the Medicaid expansion oversight committee that Montana’s legislature set up when it approved expansion last year. Supporters cheered the numbers, but some Republicans are still pushing for repeal.

Marie Matthews, an official in the state health department that administers the expansion, reported “incredible success.” The program has already saved the state general fund about $3 million, she said.

That’s because the federal government is now paying 100 percent of the cost of care for about 8,000 Medicaid recipients. Before, the state had been paying its normal 34 percent match.

“As required in this piece of [state] legislation, that money was appropriated to the [health] department,” Matthews told the committee, “and because

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/23/471567014/signups-exceed-expectations-for-montanas-medicaid-expansion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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