CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval said Friday that he needs a lot of questions answered before he can decide whether to expand Medicaid eligibility in Nevada, and it could take several months to resolve.
“There’s still a question within the law regarding the penalty provision,” Sandoval said. “That if a state, whether it ops in or opts out, whether it is still subject to some type of a penalty. Although the federal government can’t withhold all of your Medicaid money, there is still an outstanding question about whether it can withhold some of it.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and answer the many questions before a decision can be made in Nevada, he said.
“The answers to those questions will have a lot to do with how we’re going to estimate the expenses in this state,” Sandoval said. “So it’s premature right now. We’re doing the best that we can with the information that we have. And once I have that information then I can make an informed decision.”