Raising Women’s Voices

Medicaid, COBRA Provisions Under Economic Stimulus Package Expand Health Care Coverage

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 21, 2009

The proposal put forth by House Democrats called for an increase in aid to workers recently laid off through an expansion of Medicaid or increase in COBRA subsidies. If enacted, the federal government would cover the cost of all benefits, including administrative costs, for all unemployed Medicaid beneficiaries through 2010. Urban Institute Health policy researcher Stan Dorn said that even with the COBRA subsidies, the high health insurance premiums might still be financially out of reach for some residents. The Post describes the proposal as “bold” and that “including insurance help for the unemployed in a fast-acting economic stimulus package is part of a strategy by congressional Democrats and [President Obama] to place attention on health care right away”.

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