Only CT and DC take early expansion option

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To date only CT and the District of Columbia have submitted early option applications to expand Medicaid under the new federal health reform law. CT applied April 15th and DC submitted their application May 13th. CT plans to cover our 45,000 SAGA members under Medicaid, providing expanded coverage and eliminating the SAGA asset test, while bringing in $53 million in new federal matching funds over the next fifteen months. DC expects to save $56 million over the next four years. Twenty nine states, including CT, are also taking advantage of the new federal option to create a temporary high risk pool; eighteen states are going to use the federal high risk program rather than creating their own pool.
Ellen Andrews