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Rejecting Medicaid expansion adds new dimension to poverty line

from American Medical News

Pennsylvania's apparent decision to delay Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act means "there is potentially a large cohort of people who will not have access to affordable insurance coverage" as authorized by the ACA starting in 2014, said Dennis Olmstead, vice president of practice economics and payer relations with the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Those at the poverty line or above might be able to obtain subsidized coverage through the health insurance exchange that the federal government will operate in the state. But for the poorest new eligibles who are shut out of Medicaid, there may be no subsidized coverage option available. more

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