Medicaid Nationally,78 percent of registered voters think their elected officials ought to put a Medicaid buy-in option on their priority list. (Image: Shutterstock)

Some states aren’t waiting for a Medicare for All action by the federal government. Instead, they’re looking at ways for the uninsured to buy in to Medicaid by paying premiums—something that Medicaid recipients don’t do in most states.

According to Stateline, at least 10 states are considering such action, and even though plans offered under such a program might not offer all the benefits traditional beneficiaries have access to, the plan’s supporters say the policies could appeal to people who can’t manage the cost of plans on health care exchanges. In addition, they could trigger competition that could lower prices for everybody.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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