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Biden’s Medicaid Expansion Push Will Make States Get Creative

Dec. 4, 2020, 10:46 AM

Food security, affordable housing, and other social needs could become a focus of the Biden administration as it works with states to shore up health coverage for low-income people.

The new Health and Human Services Department will likely encourage states to expand Medicaid eligibility and use the program to offer non-medical benefits aimed at improving enrollees’ overall health, policy analysts say.

The HHS can waive certain federal Medicaid rules under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act so that states can test new approaches to care delivery and reimbursement of providers. Those waivers don’t have to go through a potentially...

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