Some 85% of 252 healthcare experts polled said the federal government should fund healthcare coverage for all uninsured people earning less than 150% of the poverty level. In addition, 77% said the government should cover Medicare premiums and other cost-sharing expenses for seniors below 135% of the poverty level. The same percentage said Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program should adopt pay-for-performance incentives for providers and health plans. And some 73% of respondents said employers that don't offer health coverage should contribute to a pool to fund Medicaid and SCHIP expansions. Harris Interactive conducted the online poll, the fifth of six on healthcare experts' policy views, for the Commonwealth Fund. Read a summary. -- by Tony Fong
Policy experts back more U.S. funding for uninsured
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