Recode is reporting that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will begin issuing a new Medicaid application in 2019 for medical providers to receive health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Recode’s David Oh and Chris Hughes reported that the government is set to begin issuing new Medicaid applications in 2019.
The new applications will be issued in four categories: emergency medical services (EMS), emergency dental services (EDS), nursing home and hospice care (HHC), and home health care (HI).
Those are all new categories to the U, and will be available to those eligible under the ACA.
The government is also preparing to offer a new benefit to those that have a qualifying condition, which will be called Medicare Advantage.
Those who have a condition that will qualify them for Medicare Advantage will be able to enroll in it through an Exchange enrollment site, a government official told Recode.
Medicare Advantage is one of the ACA’s biggest benefits, and it allows people to buy into a health plan for less than what they pay in the ACA marketplaces.
Recoding has learned that the federal government will begin using Medicare Advantage in 2019 to help people who are covered under the old Health Insurance Marketplace program to get insurance.
According to Recode, a large part of the new Medicaid applicants will have to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for Medicare, including having a preexisting condition that would prevent them from buying into the existing Health Insurance Exchange, having a household income of at least 130% of the federal poverty level, and having at least one spouse who is eligible for Medicare.
The government is expecting to approve roughly 12,000 applications by the end of 2019, the official told us.
In addition, the U is preparing to allow some of the states to expand Medicaid to people with incomes below 133% of poverty level.
That would allow people to qualify in some cases for Medicaid benefits under the federal exchange.
The U is also planning to allow Medicaid to be extended to some low-income families, which has already been done.
The U is planning to extend Medicaid to about 20 million low-wage earners by 2020.
However, Recode learned that those extensions will only be available if states adopt specific reforms to help them achieve their goals.
Recode has reached out to the HHS for comment.