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HHS Warns States Not to Roll Back Medicaid Eligibility

July 12, 2012

In a letter dated July 10 and sent to state governors, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius clarifies that HHS' interpretation of the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not affect other provisions of the law and thus does not permit states to scale back their existing Medicaid coverage.

Sebelius highlights several funding opportunities and programs that have been implemented recently to assist states in providing affordable coverage for their citizens. She further urges states to accept the terms of, and the additional funding that accompanies, Medicaid expansion as laid out in the ACA.