State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.i

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.

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Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.

Jonathan Casurella/Alaska Public Media

Five years after the Affordable Care Act passed, the law’s provision allowing the expansion of Medicaid coverage to more people is still causing huge fights in state legislatures.

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia said yes to Medicaid expansion when the law went into effect. Since then, just six more have signed on. States that say yes get billions of additional federal dollars, but many Republican lawmakers are loathe to say yes to the Obama administration.

The expansion enables adults with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level to receive Medicaid. The federal government picks up the whole tab for their care through 2016, then tapers its support down to 90% of the costs.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/12/405820188/state-legislatures-quarreling-over-whether-to-expand-medicaid?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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