H.R.1277: State Public Option Act
The State Public Option Act (H.R. 1277) would allow residents to buy into a state Medicaid plan and would make such buy-in coverage eligible for premium subsidies and reduced cost-sharing under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The program would be run similarly to Medicaid Expansion as a federal-state cost-sharing partnership. Under this bill, primary care services furnished under Medicaid by certain providers must pay at a rate that is not less than the billed cost under Medicare part B.
S. 489 is the Senate companion bill.