States to spend $46 bil­lion on Med­i­caid, CHIP, CBO says

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Vir­gil Dick­son

States will spend $46 bil­lion be­tween 2015 and 2024 on Med­i­caid and Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­grams be­cause of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, the Con­gres­sional Budget Of­fice now es­ti­mates.

The new fig­ure is ap­prox­i­mately one-third less than its $70 bil­lion Fe­bru­ary es­ti­mate.

The CBO did not pro­vide an ex­pla- na­tion for the new es­ti­mate .

Re­gard­less of how the federal agency ar­rived at the fig­ure, how­ever, it is un­likely to sway anti-Oba­macare Repub­li­can gov­er­nors to ex­pand Med­i­caid in their states, po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said.

The pol­i­tics of Oba­macare will trump any dis­cus­sion of lower cost es­ti­mates.

Cur­rently, 24 states have not ex­panded Med­i­caid el­i­gi­bil­ity.

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