Sebelius assures governors that HHS will patch Medicaid gaps, sets implementation forum dates
July 25, 2012
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to all governors last week addressing concerns some of the governors have expressed about how the Supreme Court decision will affect their Medicaid programs. In the letter, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated her hope that “state leaders will take advantage of the opportunity provided to insure their poorest working families with the unusually generous federal resources while dramatically reducing the burden of uncompensated care on their hospitals or other health care providers.” She went on to state that the administration will exercise its authority to establish a hardship exemption for certain low-income individuals in states that don’t expand Medicaid.
The Network was pleased to see that HHS will be hosting Affordable Care Act implementation forums across the country “to address challenges, answer questions, and talk about how we will continue moving forward.” These sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for states and stakeholders to learn more about the next steps in implementing the health care law and ask questions about work needed to build Affordable Insurance Exchanges in every state. HHS leadership will provide an overview of topics related to coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act effective in 2014.
NOTE: THE DATES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION FORUMS HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE CHECK THE UPDATED SCHEDULE BELOW.
August 14: Washington, DC
August 15: Atlanta, GA
August 21: Chicago, IL
August 22: Denver, CO
Here are the dates and locations:
August 14: Washington, DC Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall 200 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20201
August 15: Atlanta National Archives at Atlanta 5780 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260
August 21: Chicago Social Security Administration, Center Auditorium 600 West Madison Street Chicago, IL 60661
August 22: Denver Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall, University of Denver 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Denver, CO 80208