Current Status of Medicaid Expansion in State:
State has decided to Expand Medicaid
Decision Process: Who decided? How?
Governor signed on for Connecticut to participate
· 17% of Connecticut’s population is currently enrolled in Medicaid programs. A total of 70% of Medicaid beneficiaries have managed care (in the HUSKY program). The Department of Social Services oversees Connecticut’s Medicaid Program
· Expansion of Medicaid to 133% FPL would be a 20% increase over current enrollment.
· Connecticut was the first state to formally participate in the healthcare reform program. The primary goal in expanding is to increase coverage for childless adults. The state has already begun the expansion
· Connecticut was one of 12 states to file a ‘Friend of the Court’ in support of upholding the entire ACA in the face of a lawsuit filed by other states for its repeal.
· A $107 million federal grant has allowed Connecticut to implement some parts of the law, including allowing children to remain on their parents plans through age 26, ahead of schedule.
- Public hearings, stakeholder forums, and comment collections have been held for the state exchange concerning EHBs and implementation, so it is reasonable to expect similar welcome of public input on the expansion.