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

Some states aren't waiting for a Medicare for All action by the federalgovernment. Instead, they're looking at ways for the uninsured tobuy in to Medicaid by paying premiums—somethingthat Medicaid recipients don't do in most states.

According to Stateline, at least 10 states areconsidering such action, and even though plans offered under such aprogram might not offer all the benefits traditional beneficiarieshave access to, the plan's supporters say the policies could appealto people who can't manage the cost of plans on health care exchanges. In addition, they couldtrigger 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.