CARSON CITY — States do not face any deadline for deciding whether to expand their Medicaid coverage under the national health-care law, and can expand then later reduce coverage, according to Governing magazine Monday.
Cindy Mann, deputy director for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, made the comments at a National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Chicago.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is awaiting additional information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human before deciding whether to expand Medicaid.
In the U.S. Supreme Court‘s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the justices struck down the provision allowing the federal government to penalize states, if they did not opt into the Medicaid expansion.
The optional expansion to cover those at 133 percent of the poverty level is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.