Panel discusses Medicaid expansion options
Several committee members pushed to use all of the federal money available to pay for expansion rather than wait and see how other states fair under expansion.
“Frankly I think it is reckless of us to leap off a cliff without understanding the effect on taxpayers,” Sanborn said. “Before we go along a path, we need to take the time and fully analyze the costs.”
The commission developed a list of options although no vote was taken. Among the options are expanding the state’s Health Insurance Premium Payment program, which pays the private insurance premium provided. In general the majority of the committee favors taking the federal money to expand eligibility, but has not settled on a specific plan to recommend.
When the two sides could not agree at the end of the session in June, budget negotiators agreed to form the commission with a deadline of Oct. 15 to make recommendations.
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