Campaign Promises

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ItemHealth & Human Services
The Promise: "Expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP [State Children's Health Insurance Fund] programs and ensure that these programs continue to serve their critical safety net function."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan to Lower Health Care Costs and Ensure Affordable, Accessible Health Coverage For All, dated 10/03/08.
Status:President Obama signed the SCHIP portion of this promise into law on 02/04/09. The promise also included a MEDICAID eligibility expansion promise which was kept by inclusion of $87B in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 of 02/17/09.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) signed into law by President Obama on 03/23/10, MEDICAID was further expanded starting in CY2014 for individuals "who are under 65 years of age, not pregnant, not entitled to, or enrolled for, benefits under Part A of Title XVIII, or enrolled for benefits under Part B of Title XVIII....and whose income...does not exceed 133 percent of the poverty line...".

In CY2011, however, additional MEDICAID assistance provided by the government to states ran out. Consequently, more than half of the states reduced payments to health providers, 23 lowered spending on prescription drugs, and 20 restricted coverage of other services.

Nonetheless, expanding eligibility for MEDICAID became a reality when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was fully implemented starting in CY2014.

This promise was fulfilled.