New York is one of three states so far that are expanding Medicaid coverage of preventive services in exchange for a 1 percent increase in the federal matching rate for the care, according to “Governing” magazine. The other states are Nevada and New Hampshire. Medicaid is a health-care program for the poor and disabled.
California and New Jersey have applied for the deal, which the federal government offered under the Affordable Care Act, “Governing” wrote. Their applications are under review. Other states may apply before the deadline to change their coverage — Jan. 1, 2014.
States that agree to cover all services that are in the A and B categories — highly recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — can get the higher matching rate. The estimate for how much the change will cost the federal government in the 2013-14 fiscal year is $100,000, the article said.
Examples of preventive services are counseling on healthy diets, tobacco cessation programs and screenings for diabetes, cholesterol levels, cancers and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Affordable Care Act requires preventive services for new enrollees. The deal offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services includes current enrollees.