Medicaid expansion momentum seen in Republican states wanes as full federal funding ends this year

April 02, 2016

Momentum toward Medicaid expansion seen earlier this year in Idaho and several other states led by Republican governors or GOP dominated legislatures is starting to fizzle as lawmakers wrap up spring sessions. This means it's increasingly likely that there will be no more states take advantage of the last year of the ACA's federal funding formula to expand Medicaid and join 31 states plus the District of Columbia. In Idaho, policymakers are instead looking at other ways to expand health coverage to 78,000 uninsured residents, according to the Idaho Business Review. A Kaiser Family Foundation tally that tracks Medicaid expansion doesn't have any states considering the option under the ACA "at this time." The Obama administration has hopes for Wyoming and other states like Virginia, which has a Democratic governor, but they continue to be rebuffed by GOP lawmakers when it comes to expanding Medicaid. After this year, it will cost the remaining states that have balked at expansion more money in the form of a state contribution if they decided to expand after 2016.
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