Mark Lutes Quoted in Article, “States May Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion, Court Rules”HealthLeaders June 29, 2012
Mark Lutes, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "States May Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion, Court Rules."
Following is an excerpt:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can opt out of the expansion of the Medicaid program without facing the loss of their existing funding. The ruling provides cash-strapped states with an easy way to avoid adding additional members to their Medicaid rolls and could have a chilling effect on the interest among health plans in the Medicaid market. ?...
Mark Lutes said that even with the 100% sweetener and the elimination of the penalty, participation in Medicaid expansion is not to be taken lightly. "What happens when federal funding drops to 90%? A state that's already struggling with its existing Medicaid budget may not be able to take the risk."