The decision-making process in West Virginia was long and involved, while the outcome of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's push for the expansion is still in flux. In Ohio, advocates are considering taking the proposal to the voters if the legislature won't pass it.
The Associated Press: Long, Vexing Process Led To W. Va. Medicaid Decision
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to open Medicaid to more low-income West Virginians was reached neither quickly nor easily, administration officials say. The path to last week's announcement began in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law (Messina, 5/7).
The Associated Press: Brewer Still Confident Expanded Medicaid Will Pass
Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday she remains confident her proposal to expand Medicaid to 300,000 additional poor Arizonans will be enacted despite a reluctant Legislature whose leaders are opposed to the plan. Brewer sidestepped a question about whether she would veto the state budget if it didn't include her plan, something her spokesman repeated just last week (Christie, 5/6).