7:19 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Nearly five months after the launch of Healthcare.gov, the federal government's flagship Obamacare exchange added a new informational page aimed at a captive audience: the incarcerated. The new page, which went live with little fanfare over the weekend, is designed to tell those currently serving sentences in prison or jail all they need to know about the Obamacare marketplace. Although private insurance may not be purchased through the insurance exchanges by such individuals, the website may be used to apply for Medicaid. While Medicaid will not pay the cost of care while incarcerated, those seeking coverage are told that signing up now "may help you get needed care more quickly after you’re released."
The page is entitled "What do incarcerated people need to know about the Marketplace?" Only those serving sentences upon conviction are considered incarcerated for purposes of the Marketplace, not those locked up pending disposition of charges. Those on probation, on parole, or in home confinement are not included either. The medical care of incarcerated individuals is provided by the government institution in whose custody those individuals are held, so Medicaid and private insurance are unnecessary. But those seeking information about Medicaid at Healthcare.gov are encouraged to get a step ahead in preparation for eventual release, as the following partial screenshot shows:
Incarcerated individuals interested in preemptive enrollment are cautioned that state rules regarding Medicaid may impact their situations:
Additional information is provided as well:
- Although the incarcerated may not use the Marketplace to buy private insurance, they have 60 days upon release to purchase a plan, even if the time falls outside the normal open enrollment period.
- Those held on charges but not yet convicted may use the Marketplace for private insurance.
- The incarcerated are not subject to the individual mandate and will not have to pay the penalty that "some others without insurance must pay beginning in 2014."
According to the latest survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics on Correctional Populations in the United States, there were 2,228,400 persons in the custody of state or federal prisons during 2012. Many jurisdictions now allow limited, supervised Internet access by those in jail or prison.
7:32 AM, Oct 18, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In light of the beating the Obama administration is taking over the ignominious launch of the Obamacare insurance marketplaces, it makes sense that the White House would be looking for good news to share. The White House Twitter account attempted to provide a boost on Thursday with the following:
8:44 AM, Aug 29, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The state of Alabama received bonus payments from Medicaid for 2009 and 2010 that were a stunning 13 times higher than the state was eligible for. So says the inspector general (IG) for Health and Human Services in a report released on Wednesday.
10:24 AM, Mar 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a report on its website, the credit rating firm Moody's pushes for Medicaid expansion. The firm warns that states who do not expand Medicaid will face "political and budgetary pressure."
11:45 AM, Feb 27, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Yesterday, Chris Christie became the eighth Republican governor to capitulate on Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion, declaring his desire to implement it in his state. Yet while Christie wasn’t the first GOP governor to fold, he was presumably the first to offer the novel defense that his decision somehow won’t cost federal taxpayers any money.
1:01 PM, Jan 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan knocked President Barack Obama for "shadowbox[ing] a straw man" in his inaugural address. Speaking Tuesday morning on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show to guest host Raymond Arroyo, Ryan responded to Obama's statement that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great."
Ryan called Obama's insinuation that he and other reform-minded Republicans consider recipients of these benefits "takers" a "switcheroo."
5:35 PM, Jan 16, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The head of the AARP has stated clearly where his organization stands on the matter of cutting entitlements. As Kate Ackley reports in Roll Call:
12:14 PM, Nov 16, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff.
10:01 AM, Oct 9, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During last Wednesday’s presidential debate, President Obama claimed that the private sector just can’t match the leanness and efficiency of the federal government. He was speaking specifically about privately covered health care versus government-run health care.
6:00 AM, Jul 6, 2012 • By JAY COST
The Hill reports:
Obama touted the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his signature healthcare reform legislation to cheers from a crowd of his supporters.
“The law I passed is here to stay,” he told an audience composed largely of Ohio automobile manufacturing workers.
9:22 AM, Jun 15, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In his speech yesterday, President Obama said, “[M]y plan would reduce our yearly domestic spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in nearly 60 years.” Such an amazing claim is made possible only by excluding the two domestic programs that have contributed the most to our nearly $16 trillion debt: Medicare and Medicaid.
Who is in charge: the government or the patient? 9:22 PM, Sep 27, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During a major speech today at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Paul Ryan laid out his vision of health care reform, saying, “Choice and competition are critical to controlling costs…[and] improving quality….And yet, across the federal landscape, choice and competition are undermined by poorly designed programs and tax policies.” In other words, to fix our health care system, we need to undo the problems the government has created, rather than further empowering the government.
Medicare bureaucrats wreck the medical equipment market.Aug 15, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 45 • By ELI LEHRER
Sometime late this summer—the Friday before Labor Day if historical patterns hold—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce the beginning of something called Medicare Round Two of “the Competitive Bidding Program for certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies.” Although it sounds obscure, this bidding process’s manifest flaws could have serious consequences for just about every American who needs medical care.