- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
House GOP wants to know if ex-prisoners benefit from Medicaid expansion
Question of the Day
Top House Republicans now want to know whether the new health care law’s expansion of the Medicaid program will include prisoners, adding a wrinkle to GOP complaints that President Obama’s health overhaul is unfit for implementation.
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and health subcommittee chairman Joseph Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, signed a letter to Comptroller Gene L. Dodaro on Wednesday that raises concerns about incarcerated persons benefitting from Obamacare.
Their concerns are based on a recent webinar from the Center for Health Care Strategies, which said about 6 to 7 million prisoners would qualify for the provision of the Affordable Care Act that extends the Medicaid entitlement to those earning 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That amounts to nearly one third of those who would likely enroll under the expansion, according to the presentation.
The health care law exempts incarcerated people from complying with the individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain some form of health insurance, but Republican staff says inmates can avail themselves of inpatient treatment if they otherwise would be Medicaid-eligible out of jail.
“We believe the data reinforce our concerns that [the health care law] diverted the Medicaid program from its original intent to serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations including children, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and low-income seniors,” the letter said. “The Medicaid program is already struggling to meet the health care needs of our poorest and sickest Americans. We must better understand the true costs of expanding the program to any new population and weigh such costs with the competing interesting of our nation’s most vulnerable law-abiding citizens.”
The Supreme Court said in June 2012 that states can opt not to expand Medicaid without risking existing federal funds for the program. About half the state have opted to expand, citing the social and economic benefits of having the federal government pick up 100 percent of the tab for the expanded population in 2014-2016 before the federal contribution scales back to 90 percent in 2020 and beyond.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays
- Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful
- New Democratic caucus will pressure GOP governors to expand Medicaid
- Insurers cough up refunds to subscribers under Obamacare ‘80-20 rule’
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
President wants everyone but himself to pay more
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Russia shipping sophisticated weapons systems to Ukraine separatists
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of politicizing business
- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq