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Side Effect of Medicaid Expansion: People Dropping Private Insurance (Guest: Renee Amar)

August 6, 2019

. The Pelican Institute of Public Policy has been filing information requests with the state to get at the bottom of the Medicaid expansion problem.

Since expanding Medicaid, Louisiana has experienced problems with enrollment, not the least of which is the issue of “crowd-outs” when people drop their private insurance to sign on with a no-cost government program.  Amar talks about how her organization started looking into the issue and the stonewalling it faced from the state. She also discussed other problems with enrollment abuse such as the 1,700 people who enrolled making over $100,000 a year and the 30,000 who were dropped when they failed to respond to inquiries regarding income.  Amar talks about what her state and other states can do to clamp down on the abuse and why it is important to have a sliding premium scale for Medicaid. 

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy