Using Medicaid Funds to Buy Qualified Health Plan Coverage for Medicaid Beneficiaries

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On February 28th, 2013, Politico reported that Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe had received approval “to take federal Medicaid expansion money and use it to buy private health coverage for low-income residents through the state’s insurance exchange.” This brief explains the legal basis for this decision, as well as the issues that can be expected to arise in using this approach to coverage.

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Date: Mar 2013
Author: Sara Rosenbaum