HHS Issues Final Rule For 2014 Medicaid Expansion

The Department of Health and Human Services released Friday a final rule related to the massive expansion of  Medicaid set to begin in 2014. Under the health law, individuals between ages 19 and 64 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level — currently $14,856 for an individual and $30,656 for a family of four – will be eligible.

“While the final rule maintains much of the framework laid out in the proposed rule,” says a fact sheet issued by HHS, “it also includes improvements recommended by States, consumers, consumer organizations, and the healthcare provider community.  The final rule provides additional protections for consumers, as well as additional flexibilities and options for States.”