Speaking to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is willing to work with states experimenting with new ways to insure poor Americans. Meanwhile, outlets in Virginia and Michigan report on the debate in those states about expanding the program.
Georgia Health News: HHS Chief, Visiting Georgia, Urges Expansion
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told state legislators from around the nation Monday that her agency is open and willing to discuss different proposals by states to expand their Medicaid programs. "We are very eager to continue these conversations with states around the country,"' Sebelius said in Atlanta during a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (8/12).
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Sebelius Pitches Obamacare In Atlanta
The Obama administration's top healthcare official said Monday she is eager to work with states experimenting with new ways to improve access to health care for millions of low-income Americans (Williams, 8/12).
Also in the news related to the health law's Medicaid expansion -
Detroit News: GOP Lawmakers Criticize Medicaid Expansion Plan, Push Alternatives
Two Republican state lawmakers were joined by other Medicaid expansion critics Monday in attacking the federal Affordable Care Act and urging rejection of a proposed expansion of the government health care coverage program for the poor in favor of their free-market alternative. Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton, said they want to shift all 1.8 million Medicaid recipients in the state and the more than 400,000 uninsured Michiganians into health saving plans and focus state resources on direct primary care (Heinlein, 8/12).