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On Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) became the latest Republican to embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Doing nothing … I’ve taken off the table,” said Herbert during a news conference announcing the decision. “Doing nothing is not an option.”

“Juneau’s health care tops the nation,” reads the headline. It is serendipitous that the report appears on April Fool’s Day. We’ve all been taken, but it’s no joke. I believe the cost is what it is for political and corporate interest, which are rather intertwined these days.

The Bozeman, Montana Chronicle is running a poll right now asking Montanans whether they support proposed Montana Initiative I-170 to provide Medicaid for the 70,000 Montanans who currently fall into the doughnut hole created by the Montana Legislature's refusal to allow Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

The number of people on Medicaid in Idaho rose almost 6 percent since the launch of Idaho's health-insurance exchange last fall even though Idaho is one of the states that has not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act

All year long, Alabama Public Radio is collaborating with AL.com on the affordable care act. The new health insurance system is causing frustration and concern among Alabama residents. Over the course of the year, you’ll be hearing stories from your neighbors, and we’ll be looking for answers to your questions. One big concern connected to the Affordable Care Act is what’s called the Medicaid gap. Alabama is one of 24 states that chose not to expand Medicaid this year…Governor Robert Bentley made no bones about it during his state of the state address.

Alabama's rejection of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare leaves Birmingham's low-income and uninsured adults with a weak safety net, according to a study out today.

Little insurance regulation, a dominant insurer in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and a dominating provider in the University of Alabama at Birmingham are all factors in the city's future under the Affordable Care Act, the study said.

Accepting Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion could be a better financial deal for states than initially predicted, according to new data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Virginia legislators return to the Capitol on Wednesday intending to wrap up some unfinished business but with no plans to tackle the budget and Medicaid stalematesthat could ultimately shut down the state government.

The General Assembly will hold its annual “veto session” to complete work from the regular session that ended March 8. But no action is expected on the biggest issues looming over Richmond: Medicaid expansion and, because that matter was folded into the Senate’s two-year, $96 billion state spending plan, the budget.

The Virginia Senate approved its version of a roughly $96 billion two-year budget Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers over who is responsible for a potential state government shutdown.

Two weeks after the start of a special session devoted to passing a state budget, the Democratically controlled Senate approved a spending plan that includes accepting federal Medicaid funds to provide new health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income residents.

Virginia’s on-again, off-again special session got rolling again Tuesday, as hundreds of lobbyists and activists on opposite sides of the state’s Medicaid battle crammed into a Senate hearing on whether to expand the program through the state budget. The hearing was the first sign of life from the Senate since last week, when the chamber went home one day into the special budget session, leaving the House and its two-year, $96 billion spending plan hanging.

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