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The Future of Health Care?: Medicaid Buy-In and State Trailblazing in Health Care

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019)

Friday • March 15

Clock Icon 12:00 PM
Money Icon Free
Location Icon Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019)
1585 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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States can be laboratories of health reform. States like Massachusetts and Oregon expanded coverage during previous periods of federal inaction. With solutions unlikely to come from a politically divided Washington D.C.,  how will states tackle the problem of health insurance becoming increasingly unaffordable and unattainable for many families? Is there a role for the government to play a greater role in making health insurance affordable and accessible? As public support for action on health care grows, what options are available to states now?  

States have begun to explore Medicaid Buy-In policies, which allow people to purchase government backed health insurance or Medicaid-like plans. What form this policy takes will vary by the state and each state will need to navigate the complexities of the private insurance market federal rules and legal limitations of the reach of states. This event will examine current Medicaid Buy-In proposals, the opportunities they present to improve affordability, and the potential challenges that states may face in implementing them.

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