Gov. Sandoval thinks Medicaid expansion is good for Nevada!
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the first Republican state leader to embrace a Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
As a result of Sandoval's decision, 78,000 poor Nevadans will gain Medicaid coverage starting in 2014 and the state will save $16 billion because of generous federal funding for the program, Sandoval told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. The national health care law seeks to expand Medicaid to anyone who makes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $14,856 for a single person this year. The federal government will pay the full cost of enrolling these newly eligible beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016, then gradually dial down its share until it reaches 90 percent in 2022 and beyond.
"All in all, it makes the best sense for the state to opt in," Sandoval told the Associated Press, citing the federal funding, savings on rolling back duplicate programs currently financed by the state and the costs to Nevada health care providers of treating people who lack health insurance.