NEW YORK – Only half of the uninsured Americans expected to gain health coverage next year will do so due to a Supreme Court decision that allows states to decide individually whether to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to published reports.
Reuters reported that the government had lowered its projections of people who would obtain coverage next year, from 22 million to 11 million, adding that Republican leaders in nearly half of the states have opposed the Medicaid expansion. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 2.9 million uninsured people will gain private coverage through employers, individual insurance plans and health insurance exchanges.
The government also forecasted slower spending growth among newly insured people who obtain private coverage, including people who enter state health insurance exchanges. The marketplaces will start enrolling people at the beginning of October, and retail pharmacy chains like Rite Aid and CVS have stepped up efforts to educate incoming patients about them.