The Federation of American Hospitals said it wants to expand enrollment in federal programs like Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program while keeping the best elements of private health coverage under a proposal that would ensure a basic level of health coverage to the 47 million Americans who currently have no health insurance.Under the federation’s plan, called the Health Coverage Passport, individuals would be required to have health insurance, either under federal programs, employer-based plans or through individual-market insurance. The plan would expand Medicaid and SCHIP enough to cover the one-in-five of those eligible for those programs who are not enrolled. Those that buy insurance in the individual market would in turn receive a federal tax break or receive some sort of subsidy under the Passport plans. The plan would cost $115 billion and would require congressional approval.
Federation plan aims for wider coverage
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