Pushing mandate puts Medicaid in a new light

This week on BGOV’s Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • The Obama administration’s decision to postpone until 2015 the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate raised hope among the law’s opponents that other provisions in the law may follow suit. Interestingly enough this may bode well for the expansion of Medicaid.
  • Every state will have the option on Jan. 1, 2014, to implement the 2010 health law’s expansion of Medicaid. The states are evenly split; 25 will expand or are leaning toward expanding their Medicaid programs in 2014, and 25 are not expected to expand their programs next year. Director of Health Care Analysis Matt Barry discusses both topics this week on Bloomberg Government’s Capital Impact.


Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Matt Barry is a health analyst for Bloomberg Government focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, public health and prevention issues. Barry has more than 20 years of health policy experience in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, non-profits, private consulting and public affairs firms. He has worked on payment and access issues under Medicare and Medicaid, tobacco control policy, rural health care, and childhood immunization policy..