Fifth GOP governor backs Medicaid expansion

Published on February 6, 2013 at 5:58 AM · No Comments

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will push to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Ohioans, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged to fund such expansions longterm. Meanwhile, lawmakers and health providers in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, California, Texas and Wisconsin continue to debate the expansion, which was made optional by the Supreme Court.

Politico: Kathleen Sebelius: Medicaid Expansion's Not 'Bait And Switch'
In a message targeted at states undecided about expanding Medicaid under the health care law, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stressed Monday that the White House won't back away from its promise to fund the expansions, even amid mounting battles over the federal budget. Sebelius said states hesitant to sign up for the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act shouldn't fear that the federal funding commitment will disappear when states boost their Medicaid rolls (Millman, 2/5).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Ohio's Republican Governor Backs Medicaid Expansion Under Federal Law To Cover More Poor
Ohio's Republican governor announced Monday he will push for expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law, a move that would give many more poor people access to government care. It also sets up a potential fight among the governor and Republicans who control the state Legislature and are strongly against President Barack Obama's health care law (2/4).

Politico: Kasich's Obamacare Flip Burns Conservatives
Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states. But one of their best hopes just caved (Nather, 2/4).

The New York Times: Ohio: Governor Will Seek To Cover More Under Medicaid
Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican, said he would seek to expand the Medicaid program in Ohio to cover several hundred thousand more adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the poverty level. Expanding the program is a central goal of President Obama's health care law, but the Supreme Court ruled last year that it was an option for states, not a requirement (Goodnough, 2/4).

Reuters: Ohio Governor Kasich Backs Medicaid Expansion In Proposed Budget
Ohio's Republican governor on Monday endorsed the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, raising expectations that political opposition to the plan may be starting to thaw among GOP leaders in so-called Red states. Gov. John Kasich, the fifth Republican state governor to support the Medicaid expansion, made his announcement as part of a press briefing on his $63.3 billion 2014-15 budget proposal (Palmer, 2/4).

CQ Healthbeat: Sebelius Praises Kasich Backing Of Medicaid Expansion
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich on Monday became the fifth Republican governor to announce support for expanding Medicaid, a decision that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called "a great step forward." Kasich's decision, which was announced in conjunction with the release of his two-year budget proposal, was widely anticipated (Adams and Reichard, 2/4).

The Associated Press: Corbett May Wait On Decision On Medicaid Expansion
[Pennsylvania] Gov. Tom Corbett may not announce whether he will support the expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law when he delivers his budget address to the Legislature on Tuesday. What to do about Medicaid is a major dilemma for the Republican governor, who as attorney general earlier joined an ultimately unsuccessful multi-state lawsuit to try to throw out President Barack Obama's sweeping 2010 health care law (Levy, 2/4).

The Associated Press: Dems Say Politics Must Be Removed From Medicaid Plan
Democratic leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature said Monday that Gov. Mary Fallin's decision not to expand the state's Medicaid program was politically motivated and that more public awareness is needed among the roughly 200,000 low-income Oklahomans who would benefit from the expansion. Fallin announced in November that Oklahoma would reject the Medicaid expansion allowed under the health care overhaul law, citing the cost to both the state and federal governments (2/5).

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