December 15, 2007

THERE, BUT FOR NOT HAVING JOHN EDWARDS'S HAIR, GOES THE NEXT PRESIDENT:

Health Savings Accounts for Poor Tested (KEVIN FREKING, 12/14/07, AP)

The popularity of health savings accounts for the poor will be put to the test in Indiana under a program approved Friday by the Bush administration. Under the plan, someone making $20,000 a year could get health coverage for about $19 a week.

Bush has long pushed health savings accounts as a way to slow the rising cost of medical care and extend basic coverage to the uninsured.

Under the Indiana program, eligible residents can pay up to 5 percent of their incomes into state-subsidized "Personal Wellness and Responsibility Accounts" that cover their initial medical expenses up to $1,100. Once that deductible is reached, private insurance purchased by the state kicks in.

Eligibility is limited to adults with incomes below twice the federal poverty level. The poverty level is now $10,210 for an individual and $20,650 for a family of four.

The waiver is the first of its kind for the Medicaid program, a state-federal partnership that provides health coverage to the poor and disabled.


Jeb Bush was the obvious successor to Bill Clinton/George W. Bush, but, with him not running, Mitch Daniels would have been able to fill the Third Way bill, if only he looked like a president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2007 6:03 PM
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