Medicaid expansion finds advocates, dueling candidates and roadblocks around America

Published on October 29, 2012 at 7:33 AM · No Comments

The health law's Medicaid expansion -- and its cost to state bottom lines -- is making news among lawmakers, candidates and advocates in Kansas, Washington state, South Carolina and Arizona.

Kansas Health Institute News: Debate Begins On Possible Kansas Medicaid Expansion
A Kansas health consumer group is planning a post-election rally at the Statehouse in support of expanding the state's Medicaid program. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer today headlined an event in Overland Park that was sponsored by a conservative think tank that opposes broadening the Medicaid program. Colyer, however, didn't make explicit what intentions, if any, the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback might have with respect to the issue. Anna Lambertson, executive director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition, said the group "wants to get the dialogue started," on the potential benefits for Kansans, if policymakers here decide they will open up eligibility to include adults earning up to 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines (Ranney and Shields, 10/25).

Kaiser Health News: Candidates Talk Medicaid In Washington Governor's Race
Medicaid -- and how to expand the program -- has become an issue in the competitive governor's race in Washington State. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act went too far by requiring states to expand Medicaid or else lose all federal funding for the program that covers the poor and disabled" (de Luna, 10/25).

The Associated Press: SC Medicaid Director: Predictions Could Be Way Off
The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency warned legislators Wednesday that the numbers of already-eligible residents signing up for the government program through 2014 could exceed estimates, further eating into state revenue. The Department of Health and Human Service's preliminary budget calls for an additional $194 million in 2013-14, which would eat up all projected additional state revenue (Adcox, 10/25).

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