Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid
The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It will also require enrollees to pay monthly premiums and co-pays, and would give people the option of participating in “employment or re-employment assessment” programs. By using this approach rather than simply raising eligibility levels under the current Medicaid program, Montana joins six other states (Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania) that are expanding Medicaid coverage through the 1115 waiver demonstration process, which enables States to craft their own expansion plan while still promoting the goals of the Medicaid program. This expansion will be valuable for workers with disabilities who had not been previously eligible for Medicaid because they did not meet Social Security disability requirements, or because they exceeded applicable income or asset limits.