By Ryan Schuster
Earlier this month North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation allowing the state to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 20,000 North Dakotans who don’t currently qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid currently covers roughly 65,000 North Dakotans per month.
The North Dakota state legislature also passed the legislation after Dalrymple included the provision of the Affordable Care Act in his Human Services budget before the start of the legislative session.
The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the cost of the state Medicaid expansion through 2016. North Dakota’s share of the expanded coverage will increase in stages and will eventually reach 10 percent, with the federal government still contributing 90 percent of the funding.
What do you think of the decision to accept additional federal funding and expand Medicaid coverage to more North Dakotans?
Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.