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The Administration’s Decision On Partial Medicaid Implementation: True To The Law


December 19th, 2012

Ever since the United States Supreme Court decided NFIB v Sebelius in June 2012, all eyes have focused on the question of how the Obama Administration would interpret the Court’s blockbuster ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. On December 10, 2012, the Administration answered the question as part of a lengthy series of “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)” published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Buried near the end was the following:

26. Can a state expand to less than 133% of FPL and still receive 100% federal matching funds?

A. No.

Of course, the Administration’s answer is hardly so abrupt, although it is quite brief, taking only two paragraphs. But it is thorough, well reasoned, and consistent both with the text and structure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and with HHS’ other interpretations of the ACA and the underlying Medicaid statute.

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CBO’s Updated Affordable Care Act Estimates: Resting On Shaky Assumptions?


July 31st, 2012

On July 24th, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released updated estimates that project the budgetary impact on the Affordable Care Act of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB v Sebelius. In NIFB, the Court ruled that the federal government could not remove all […]

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