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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.”

“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.

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