CMS proposes more flexible Medicaid rules

CMS has proposed new rules that would give states more latitude in designing their Medicaid programs. The rules, which address provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, would give states the ability to build Medicaid programs that work more like their local private health plans. CMS also has issued proposed regs, based on DRA provisions that will allow states to change premiums and cost-sharing rules. The new regs may mean that families with incomes of 100 to 150 percent of the poverty level may see some cost-sharing, while individuals with incomes of 150 percent or more of the poverty level could end up paying monthly premiums.

To learn more about the CMS regs:
- read this Healthcare Finance News article

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