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GOP governors may still go for Medicaid expansion — and cash
Politico
Republicans counting on a year of nonstop Obamacare bashing may be in for an unwelcome surprise — more red-state governors ditching the political script to take a second look at the law's huge expansion of Medicaid.

The party plans to make Obamacare and its early stumbles a central campaign issue in 2014. But in the states, the Medicaid expansion — a giant, dangling carrot worth billions of federal dollars to states that sign up — has proved attractive to nearly a dozen GOP governors, and a handful more are on the fence.
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83,000 of Wisconsin's poor to get BadgerCare coverage under federal waiver
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
About 83,000 of the state of Wisconsin's poorest residents will gain state BadgerCare Plus health coverage in April, and a slightly smaller low-income group will lose that coverage and be shifted to a federal program, under a plan by Gov. Scott Walker that has been approved by federal officials.
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New Virginia governor makes Medicaid expansion a priority
The Associated Press via WLNE-TV
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently addressed the General Assembly, telling lawmakers that the state can't afford to forgo $2.1 billion a year in federal funds by not expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law to about 400,000 Virginians.
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Fewer Connecticut children losing Medicaid, but those turning 1 or 18
still vulnerable

The CT Mirror
The number of children and adolescents dropped from the state of Connecticut's HUSKY healthcare program fell during a recent two-year period, but those turning 1 and 18 are still especially vulnerable to losing their medical benefits, according to a report recently released.
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Expanding Medicaid an uphill battle in Florida capitol
Miami Herald
Florida's 2013 legislative session practically started and ended with Medicaid expansion at the center of debate, with House Republicans blocking a plan to use federal dollars to reduce the number of uninsured Floridians.
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Louisiana Medicaid expansion debate to continue
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
Efforts to offer government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of Louisiana residents through an expansion of the state's Medicaid program will be pushed in an upcoming legislative session.
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Maine session preview: Rehashing a Medicaid fight
The Washington Post
Maine Democrats hope to reopen a debate on expanding Medicaid in that state this legislative session — but expect Republican Gov. Paul LePage to put up a fight. The Democrat-controlled legislature is expected to take up the expansion, under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, despite two vetoes from LePage. Both sides return to the fight with new ammunition.
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Corbett administration's Pennsylvania healthcare plan drawing fire
The Associated Press via The Times Herald
According to the Pennsylvania chapter of the AARP, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration's plan to expand subsidized healthcare coverage for low-income people includes premiums and job-search requirements that would serve as potential barriers to enrollment.
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Nevada Medicaid caseload jumps; Obamacare cited
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada's Medicaid caseload is climbing above projections even before residents who are newly eligible because of the federal healthcare law are counted, state Health and Human Services Director Mike Willden said. The reason is largely due to the individual insurance mandate under Obamacare, Willden said.
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Wyoming committee postpones Medicaid expansion vote
Casper Star-Tribune
A Wyoming legislative committee heard impassioned testimony from citizens urging the state to accept federal money to expand the Medicaid program to cover thousands more low-income adults. The committee plans to take up the issue again.
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Governor won't recommend expansion of Medicaid in Kansas
The Wichita Eagle
Gov. Sam Brownback will not recommend that the Kansas legislature expand Medicaid — at least not yet. Brownback's office emailed a brief statement — a few hours before the legislature convened — that left the possibility open but made it clear that the governor would not support expansion in the short term.
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The politics of Medicaid expansion in Kansas and Missouri
Kansas Health Institute
Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri return to start their 2014 legislative sessions. In Jefferson City, Mo., expanding Medicaid eligibility in accordance with Obamacare will be among the top five issues competing for attention, according to The Associated Press. In Topeka, Kan., the top priority for lawmakers likely will be school finance, with a potential decision coming from the Kansas Supreme Court that could force lawmakers to spend $400 million more on schools. It is less clear to what degree Medicaid expansion will be considered in Kansas, in part, because 2014 is a gubernatorial election year.
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Nearly 6 in 10 in Georgia favor Medicaid expansion
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than half of Georgians in a new poll say that all or at least parts of Obamacare should be repealed, but an even larger proportion believe the state should expand Medicaid. The poll, conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Abt SRBI Inc., measured the views of registered voters across the state of Georgia.
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Website defects leave many eligible for Medicaid, CHIP without coverage
The Washington Post
More than 100,000 Americans who applied for insurance through HealthCare.gov and were told they are eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program remain unenrolled because of lingering software defects in the federal online marketplace, according to federal and state health officials.

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Considering Medicaid expansion for your state? Read this study
National Journal
States that underwent early expansions of their Medicaid programs reduced their uninsured population, but they also pulled some customers off of private plans and onto government insurance rolls, according to a new study.

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Churning between Medicaid, exchanges to be costly
The Washington Post
Experts warn of gaps in health coverage as most states are still grappling with the issue. Jeff Myers, MHPA's president and CEO, notes that it's a serious problem for patients' continuity of care and plans' stability.

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