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Nebraska legislators spent the past year crafting a conservative version of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion that they hoped would gain support in a pretty red state. But after a failed vote in the state legislature Wednesday, the Medicaid expansion is officially dead in Nebraska this year.

So far, 25 states and Washington, DC., have expanded their Medicaid programs in 2014, the first year of Obamacare coverage. With some exceptions, these are mostly blue states that joined the expansion, which was made optional by the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision on the health care law.

The Lovins family hopes they've found their lifeline.

Their desperate search for insurance led them to Healthcare.gov, the site for the government's Affordable Care Act and the required health insurance.

There are likely few who need it more than the Lovins family.

It looks as if Indiana is about to join the list of red states signing up for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence, after months of discussions with the Obama administration, is offering a new plan Thursday morning to expand coverage to low-income uninsured Hoosiers. As expected, he's doing it through an existing state insurance program for adults that's been championed by some conservatives.

At my local Kaiser facility today, the pharmacy was bursting at the seams with patients and others waiting for pharmacy services.  Children with runny noses clinging to their mothers' legs were fussing, and others were being checked in by a Kaiser employee trying to help manage traffic flow.

JEFFERSON CITY (KSDK) - A rally at the Missouri Capitol Tuesday ended in arrests, after demonstrators took their cause into the Senate gallery. Religious groups from across the state, including St. Louis, were rallying in support of Medicaid expansion. It was a very passionate group that showed up to the Capitol for the rally. They came bearing the message that Medicaid expansion isn't a political issue, it's a moral one.

Florida's Republican leaders have made it abundantly clear that they don't like the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

With Attorney General Pam Bondi taking the lead, Florida was one of 26 states claiming that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. They lost in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two years ago, Donna Risso and her friend Michael were living under a bridge in New Orleans. They were struggling not only with homelessness, but also with Donna's mounting health problems, which included hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, encephalitis, pancreatitis and chronic anemia. Donna was a "frequent flyer" at the emergency room, often five to 10 times a month, but her health was getting steadily worse.

The Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee halted a chance on Wednesday (April 23) for the full body to vote on a bill that would "let Louisiana decide" on Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and the legislators backing his rejection of the Medicaid expansion provided under the Affordable Care Act are out of step with the people of Louisiana. Pollsters this month found that while 62 percent of Louisianians disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of health care, that doesn't mean they want his health care act nullified.

MoveOn.org won't be forced to take down a Baton Rouge-area billboard critical of Bobby Jindal's decision to forgo Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, a federal judge ruled Monday (April 7).

But Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who filed the suit last month, said he hadn't yet decided to move ahead with the legal challenge. But he noted he was still opposed to Moveon.org's choice to use his office's tourism campaign to criticize the policies of another elected official.

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