Oklahoma Won’t Expand Medicaid Under the ACA

By: Monday November 19, 2012 12:25 pm

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin (R) declared that her state won’t set up a state based exchange or take part in the Medicaid expansion. From Fallin’s office: “Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of [...]

Medicaid Expansion Is Not a Political Slam Dunk in the States

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:07 am

Even after the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act must be truly optional for the states, the Medicaid expansion provision in general remains very popular. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll 67 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the provision in the Affordable Care Act [...]

Study Indicates Medicaid Saves Lives

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 10:32 am

The weird federal-state design of Medicaid has created a natural experiment. A few states have already chosen to expand their Medicaid program to low-income childless adults, like the Affordable Care Act will do in 2014. This allowed researchers to compare the impact these Medicaid expansions have relative to neighboring states that didn’t expand it. The [...]

CBO: Supreme Court ACA Ruling Could Result in 3-4 Million Fewer Gaining Coverage

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:16 pm

The Congressional Budget Office now estimates that roughly four million fewer Americans will likely gain insurance coverage in 2014 and three million fewer in 2022 as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. Most of the drop in coverage will be the result of states exercising their option to not expand Medicaid. In previous estimates [...]

Plurality in Arkansas Don’t Want Medicaid to be Expanded

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:07 am

Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act is voluntary for states, several Republican state governors have made it clear they will not take part. Many liberals claim that popular support and lobbying pressure will eventually force these governors to relent, but that may not be the case. The [...]

Issues With State Control of Medicaid Are Not Going Away

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Currently several Republican governors are threatening not to take part in the Medicaid expansion, which has become an optional part of the Affordable Care Act. Even if you share the optimism of people like Peter Orzag, who claims all states will eventual adopt the expansion because federal funding will end up being too good of [...]

Rick Perry Says No to Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 9, 2012 7:28 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided his state will not be taking part in the Affordable Care Act. Most importantly this means Texas will not expand Medicaid to everyone under 138 percent of the poverty line. From the Texas Tribune: “I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab,” [...]

11.5 Million Could Theoretically Lose Access to Coverage if States Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday July 6, 2012 8:07 am

The Supreme Court ruled that states can’t be forced to expand Medicaid with the threat of losing their current Medicaid money. This makes it easy for states to choose to opt in or opt out of the Medicaid expansion provision in the Affordable Care Act, which would expand coverage to everyone up to 138 percent [...]

The GOP Push to Opt-Out of Medicaid Expansion Begins

By: Monday July 2, 2012 10:07 am

Now that the Supreme Court has made it easier for states to choose not to take part in the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, some Republican governors have already started seizing on this latitude. In just the few days since the ruling came down, both South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and [...]

Fewer People Think Health Care Reform Will Help the Uninsured

By: Monday August 29, 2011 1:25 pm

For the first time, not even a majority think the uninsured will be better off as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. Only 49 percent of Americans think the uninsured will be better off as a result the new law. This is a huge [...]