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June 2010 St@teside

Connecticut First to Expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
announced this week that it approved Connecticut’s state plan amendment, allowing the state to be the first to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.  Low-income adults currently enrolled in the State Administered General Assistance (SAGA) program with annual incomes up to 56 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will now be enrolled in Medicaid. The state estimates that itwill save $53 million in the next year by moving approximately 45,000 adults over to Medicaid.

As mentioned in last month’s
St@teside, the District of Columbia and a number of states are working with CMS to move forward on similar Medicaid expansions.