Barriers to Insurance Expansion Under Reform Law Could Hinder Effort

The expected expansion of health coverage under the federal health reform law could face a number of barriers, according to an Urban Institute report released Tuesday, CQ HealthBeat reports. The federal health reform law is projected to increase insurance access through expansion of Medicaid, new tax credits and state-based health insurance exchanges. However, the report found the process of expanding health coverage could be hampered by several factors, including: Outdated technology; Complicated enrollment procedures; and Financial and political obstacles.  The reform law initially provides a 100% federal match for the costs of Medicaid beneficiaries who become eligible through the overhaul’s coverage expansion.

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