The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, responded to questions being raised by states about what the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for Medicaid. In response to concerns from states Secretary Sebelius reiterated that the Supreme Court’s decision did not affect other provisions of the law. For example, the decision did not change the fact that the federal government will completely pay for coverage under the eligibility expansion through 2016. The letter also announced four ACA regional implementation forums.
In another letter, the Secretary reiterated that there is no deadline for a state to tell HHS its plans on Medicaid eligibility. The department is expected to offer additional guidance in the future.