Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won federal approval Thursday to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 83,000 low-income childless adults while ending coverage for about 77,000 childless adults who earn between 100% to 133% of the federal poverty level.
Those taken off the state's Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, will be directed to the new health insurance marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that an expansion of the state's Medicaid rolls would have brought some assurances amid the turmoil surrounding the health care law's rollout.
The governor earlier this year backed a plan to expand Medicaid to the working poor earning less than 138 percent of the poverty level. He was opposed by Republican legislative leaders, and the proposal died before lawmakers adjourned.
In the debate about whether Wyoming will expand Medicaid, you need the facts.
First, the target population are adults without dependent children who earn less than 138 percent of federal poverty level, about $15,500 a year. Right now they fall outside the categories of people who can get Medicaid in Wyoming. Many are working, some of them full-time, but they are still very low-income.
Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion is getting attention from neighboring states that initially rejected the coverage available under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Herbert is in "active conversations" with fellow Republican governors who are rethinking whether to accept Medicaid expansion, Utah Department of Health Executive Director David Patton said.
There's a line of thinking about state-based resistance to the Affordable Care Act which holds that it is to some large degree an outgrowth of spite directed at Barack Obama specifically, and that it will begin to fade once Obama is out of office and the right stops treating anything but massive resistance to Obamacare as a form of collaboration with a particularly loathsome adversary.
Medicaid won’t expand in Kansas anytime soon. HB 2552, which requires an act of the Legislature to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act, has been signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, his office announced Friday. The bill was originally created to require prompt payment from KanCare providers. It was amended on the Senate floor to include legislative approval of a Medicaid expansion. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/04/18/3411724/brownback-signs-bill-saying-medicaid.html#storylink=cpy
A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the state's economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.
The center is a nonprofit group that promotes "balanced policies that help ensure all Kansans prosper."
We pledge allegiance to “One nation, under God.” When terrorists attack us, we unite as one to defend our nation and our countrymen and women. Yet, we allow the doctrine of the Confederacy — states’ rights — to divide us, even to the point of costing Americans their lives.
Charlene Dill, a resident of Florida, was a 32-year-old mother of three. She worked three jobs to try to support those children, despite having a serious heart condition. She earned too much — $11,000 a year — to be eligible for Medicaid under Florida law. She would have been able to get expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
If Kansas opts to expand Medicaid, it won’t happen until at least next year.
A new measure, signed into law late last week by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), requires that any expansion of Medicaid be explicitly approved by the state legislature, which has finished its regular session for the year.
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.”
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