State still wrestling with Medicaid decision

(Santa Fe)  —  The administration of Gov. Susana Martinez, who has yet to decide whether New Mexico will expand Medicaid coverage to more residents under the federal Affordable Care Act, is seeking answers to a list of questions before making the decision.

A letter sent by the state Human Services Department to federal health officials this week says the state has five key questions as it mulls whether to extend coverage to hundreds of thousands in the state.

For states that choose to expand Medicaid coverage to adults who live at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, the U.S. government would pay the entire bill, starting in 2014. By 2020, the federal share would drop down to 90 percent.

State officials estimate the number of newly eligible residents in New Mexico, where about one in five residents lacks health insurance coverage, is between 130,000 and 175,000.

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