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Update: The States and Medicaid Expansion

A quick update on where the debate over Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act stands in some of the states still debating what should be a "no-brainer":

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Colorado's Medicaid expansion into law, insuring an additional 160,000 adults. [AP]

After dueling rallies outside the Capitol, the Arizona Senate began debating Gov. Brewer's proposal to expand Medicaid. [Arizona Republic]

Hundreds of supporters rallied demanding a vote on Medicaid expansion in Nebraska. [Lincoln Journal Star]

Iowa may need a special session to work out the dispute over Medicaid expansion. [The Gazette]

An aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said even if an agreement were reached, Medicaid expansion would not take effect until 2015. [The Patriot-News]

Florida's legislature's decision to reject Medicaid expansion is "bad for business," according to business leaders. [Health News Florida]

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he has "had numerous calls from Republican and Democratic governors from other states" wanting to know about Arkansas' proposal to use federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize private insurance coverage. [Arkansas News]

But over in South Carolina, there have been "no real attempts for the state to work with the federal government at all." [AP]

 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from May 17, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)