Connecticut is First State to Implement Early Expansion of Medicaid

by Rebecca Farley on July 24, 2010

On June 22, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Connecticut’s state plan amendment to expand Medicaid to include thousands of newly eligible childless adults. Under healthcare reform, states are required to expand Medicaid eligibility to all individuals under 133% of poverty by 2014 – but may implement this requirement early. CMS’ approval of Connecticut’s state plan amendment makes the state the first in the nation to take up this new option.   Connecticut’s approved plan will add 45,000 people to Medicaid and save the state $53 million in the next 15 months.

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