States can keep funds without deciding on Medicaid, exchanges

States can receive federal money for IT to expand Medicaid and build health insurance exchanges, even if they haven't yet decided their plans for either program under the health reform law, reported FierceHealthIT. "A state can receive extra funding for Medicaid IT costs and exchange implementation costs even if it has not yet decided whether to expand Medicaid eligibility or to run its own exchange," Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a recent letter to the National Governors Association. "And if a state ultimately decides not to do so, it will not have to pay those resources back." Tavenner added that there's no deadline for states to notify CMS of their Medicaid extension plans. Article