CMS Seeks Input on Insurance Programs to Cover Lower-Income Individuals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking public input on Basic Health Programs, which would cover a specific portion of low-income individuals, according to an ASCA release.

The programs would be available to adults who do not qualify for Medicaid but who report incomes between 133-200 percent of the federal poverty level. Program participants would benefit from lower premiums and co-payments than are available through insurance in the new state health insurance exchanges.

States would contract with health plans or providers to design a managed care plan that fulfills basic health benefit requirements. The federal government would fund the plans but leave governance up to the states.

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