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Maurer School of Law: Indiana University

Healthcare

2015

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Assets, Costs, And Affordability: Why Magi-Based Medicaid Benefits Don't Account For True Need, Sara K. Hunkler May 2015

Assets, Costs, And Affordability: Why Magi-Based Medicaid Benefits Don't Account For True Need, Sara K. Hunkler

Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality

In 2014, Mary, an asset-wealthy individual, will qualify for Medicaid ahead of Bob, a needier individual with less net wealth and significantly higher medical costs, solely because Bob’s income is slightly higher. The current income-based eligibility standards for Medicaid mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) do not adequately reflect an individual’s need for federal assistance because they neglect to consider an individual’s assets, debts, and the circumstantial cost of their healthcare. Thus, these new federal standards permit significant disparities in the treatment of similarly situated impoverished individuals and allow prioritization of asset-wealthy individuals ...