Biden administration pitches 'Medicaid-like' coverage in nonexpansion states

The Biden Administration is doubling down on a proposal to create "Medicaid-like" coverage for low-income adults in states that have not expanded the program. 

President Joe Biden's $7.3 trillion proposed 2025 budget was published March 11. It would create a coverage option for adults in the 10 states that have not expanded Medicaid. 

"When that happens, another 1.5 million Americans will have healthcare coverage and the peace of mind that comes with it," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said at a March 11 news conference. 

The budget also includes incentives for states to maintain Medicaid expansion and would make permanent expanded ACA tax credits set to expire at the end of 2025. 

President Biden also called for a "Medicaid-like" option in his proposed 2024 budget. The 2025 budget is largely similar to last year's proposal, according to The New York Times.  Last year's proposal did not gain momentum in Congress. 

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