Alabama governor exploring Medicaid expansion

December 17, 2014
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he is exploring the idea of a state-created program that uses Medicaid expansion dollars to bring healthcare coverage to previously uninsured people living at or slightly above the poverty line. He emphasized that his administration is only in the early stages of looking at a state-designed program. Bentley said he is also uncertain if the federal government would approve the work requirements he wants for recipients. The governor said it is not a reversal from his previous statements that Medicaid was broken and shouldn't be expanded in its present form under the ACA. He said he's always favored using federal block grants for a state to design its own program.