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Empire Justice & Legal Aid Society Comments on Proposed Federal Regulation on Medicaid Eligibility

November 1, 2011

 

Comments on the proposed rule entitled “Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.”

The Legal Aid Society and Empire Justice Center write jointly to provide comments on the proposed rule entitled “Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010,” published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 51148). We support the overall thrust of the proposed rule, which is to implement sections of the Affordable Care Act related to the Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHIP) eligibility, enrollment simplification, and coordination.

With the implementation of the new health reform law, ensuring that low-income and underserved individuals who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP enroll in these programs rather than subsidized private products available in the Exchange is critical, since Medicaid and CHIP are  likely to provide a more robust benefit package and lower cost sharing. We also think it important for individuals and families to be able to easily acquire and keep coverage, and move seamlessly among publicly-supported sources of health insurance as family income and circumstances change. For these reasons, we are pleased to offer our comments to strengthen these regulations.

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