[infographic] An Update on the Medicaid Expansion
In a surprise reversal, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida announced yesterday that the state would move forward on implementing a 3-year Medicaid expansion, as laid out in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). The move was something of a surprise as Gov. Scott previously opposed efforts to implement changes to state healthcare policy based on the stipulations of ACA.
“While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost, I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that needed access to health care,” Gov. Scott said at a news conference. “We will support a three-year expansion of the Medicaid program under the new health care law as long as the federal government meets their commitment to pay 100 percent of the cost during that time.”
Gov. Scott joined the Republican governors of Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio, who have also decided to join the Medicaid expansion.
As many states across the country prepare to offer insurance coverage to millions more Americans under the 2014 Medicaid expansion, the proliferation of new care delivery models and the alignment of health IT with health system transformation has never been so important.
The 2013 State Heathcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore, Maryland (May 21-22) welcomes public and private sector thought leaders to share ideas and benchmark implementation strategies of state health IT systems, Accountable Care Organizations, and Patient Centered Medical Homes as they move forward with diverse State health reform agendas.
10.45am – 11.45am Keynote Panel
State Leadership Panel: Aligning Health IT & Delivery Systems Transformation Moderator
Kelly Cronin, Health Reform Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC/DHHS)
Jim Leonard, State HIT Coordinator, Maine
Amy Zimmerman, State HIT Coordinator, Rhode Island (invited)
David Whitlinger, Executive Director, NYeHC