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In several states, Medicaid expansion remains in limbo as time runs short
The Washington Post
In the closing days of state legislative sessions, lawmakers in more than a dozen states are struggling with whether or not to expand Medicaid under the federal healthcare law, with many of them leaning against participating in a program that is key to President Barack Obama's aim of extending coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans.
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State by state: A progress report on Medicaid expansion
Stateline via Kaiser Health News
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that expanding Medicaid to more low-income people was optional for the states, the focus has turned to what Republican governors and GOP-controlled legislatures would do.
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Study: Medicaid reduces financial hardship, doesn't quickly improve
physical health

The Washington Post
As heated fights over the health law's Medicaid expansion engulf state legislatures, a sweeping new study indicates that the program is unlikely to quickly improve enrollees' physical health. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, did find that low-income people who recently gained Medicaid coverage in Oregon used more healthcare services.
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New York advocates: Managed-care plans shun most disabled Medicaid users
The New York Times
Managed-care companies in New York have come under fire for signing up vigorous older adults referred to them by social day care centers, customers whose health needs are relatively small. Recently, legal advocates for the disabled told the state's Medicaid director that the most seriously impaired people were getting the opposite treatment.
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Republicans propose Medicaid caps
The Hill
Two prominent Republicans outlined a plan to limit federal Medicaid spending and give states more control over the program. Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, proposed a "per capita cap" on Medicaid benefits.
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A shorter exchange application, but is it simpler?
Kaiser Health News
Consumer advocates have been complaining for months that the Obama administration's 21-page application to sign up for health insurance in the exchanges is too long and complicated. The designers of the application estimated it would take 45 minutes to complete.
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Obama seeks to allay healthcare law concerns
Los Angeles Times
President Barack Obama sought to tamp down fears that his landmark healthcare law would raise insurance costs and cause other disruptions, saying most Americans were already benefiting from it and others soon would.
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Poll: 42 percent of Americans unsure if Obamacare is still law
The Washington Post
If you want to know what a challenge the Obama administration faces in implementing its signature healthcare law, this statistic might help: Fewer than six in 10 Americans know that the Obamacare law is still on the books. Seven percent think the Supreme Court struck it down; 12 percent say Congress repealed Obamacare.
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Iowa House approves governor's health plan; changes likely
Des Moines Register
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthy Iowa Plan won approval in the state House, clearing the way for negotiations on the ultimate shape and scope of state-sponsored healthcare for low-income Iowans.
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Medicaid expansion bill clears Louisiana Senate health committee
The Times-Picayune
A Louisiana Senate health panel narrowly approved legislation that would require Gov. Bobby Jindal to utilize Medicaid money on the condition the additional dollars be used to help lower-income residents buy insurance plans.
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Florida Medicaid impasse sparks rebellion
Health News Florida
Democrats are so angry over House Republicans' refusal to accept federal funds to expand health coverage that they deliberately caused action on the floor to grind to a halt. The deliberate slowdown has threatened to reduce the number of bills that will get a vote before the end of the legislative session.
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Georgia hospital officials muted on Medicare expansion
Georgia Health News
State hospital associations across the southeast and the nation are stumping hard in favor of expanding their states' Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The Georgia Hospital Association is an exception, however. GHA says it is studying the expansion issue.
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In several states, Medicaid expansion remains in limbo as time runs short
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In the closing days of state legislative sessions, lawmakers in more than a dozen states are struggling with whether or not to expand Medicaid under the federal healthcare law.

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Ohio's Medicaid expansion alternative could use private insurance
The Plain Dealer
For the first time since Ohio Gov. John Kasich won national attention by supporting Medicaid expansion, a clear picture is emerging on how the Republican governor's compromise with federal regulators could work.

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Montana senator's retirement opens way for legislative changes
The Washington Post
Montana Sen. Max Baucus, one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, has announced his intention to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.

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