VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: The Future of Health Care?: Medicaid Buy-In and State Trailblazing in Health Care
Learn more about the "State Medicaid Buy-In Tracker" map here.
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 examined current Medicaid Buy-In proposals, the opportunities they present to improve affordability, and the potential challenges that states may face in implementing them.
This event was free and open to the public.
Emma Sandoe, PhD Candidate, Health Policy, Harvard University
Heather Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs and Director, State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton University
John McCarthy, Policy Fellow, United States of Care
Hon. Tony Lourey, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Moderator: Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent, HuffPost
Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and United States of Care.
VIDEO: Introduction, Carmel Shachar, Petrie-Flom Center
VIDEO: Opening Remarks, Andy Slavitt, United States of Care
VIDEO: What Is Medicaid Buy-In? [video] United States of Care
VIDEO: Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost, Overview of Medicaid
VIDEO: Emma Sandoe, Harvard University
VIDEO: Heather Howard, Princeton University
VIDEO: John McCarthy, United States of Care
VIDEO: Hon. Tony Lourey, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
VIDEO: Moderated discussion among panelists
VIDEO: Audience Q & A