Medicaid puts strain on system

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first_imgMedicaid enrollment• Medicaid enrollment is open year-round, unlike commercial plans that have a specific open enrollment period.o To apply for the Medicaid program, visit the Washington Healthplanfinder website, wahealthplanfinder.org.o The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is also holding enrollment events May 17 and June 21. To schedule an appointment for enrollment assistance, call 360-313-1390.About Medicaid fundingUnder the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost to cover the newly eligible Medicaid enrollees for the first three years. After that, the federal contribution is scheduled to decline to 90 percent by 2020 and remain at that level.For those who were previously eligible for Medicaid but were not enrolled, the federal government will pay only 50 percent of the cost for providing care, which was the prior Medicaid funding structure in Washington.The Urban Institute estimated in a May 2012 report the federal government would spend about $2 billion this year to provide services to new Medicaid clients in Washington. The total cost of providing services to existing and new Washington Medicaid clients in 2014 is estimated to be about $7.2 billion, with the state’s share totaling $2.4 billion.Estimated number of people enrolled in Medicaid in Clark County: 100,500.Medicaid gives womanhealth care stabilityFor about two years, Gwendolyn Greene of Vancouver received her medical care from the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. She enrolled in the clinic’s transitional diabetes program, which is designed to help people keep their disease controlled until they can find ongoing care.last_img

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