Guy Boulton Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 12:45 PM EDT Mar 15, 2019 Lost in the ongoing debate over whether Wisconsin should expand eligibility for Medicaid — and accept roughly $184.9 million a year in federal dollars for doing so — is one small detail: Former Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature already expanded the Medicaid program. They just didn’t take the federal money available to states to offset much of the cost. Wisconsin is the only state in the country that expanded eligibility for its Medicaid program — the change made in 2014 covered 147,000 adults without dependent children as of January — while not accepting the federal money available to states through the Affordable Care Act. That decision will have cost the state an estimated $1.1 billion in federal dollars through the current fiscal year, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Gov. Tony Evers has proposed expanding … [Read more...] about Would expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin really cost $1.1 billion?
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Ken Alltucker USA TODAY Published 5:36 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 With Democrats capturing the House of Representatives and Republicans strengthening control of the Senate, experts predict gridlock will likely block major changes to the Affordable Care Act. But access to health care and spiraling medical costs remain top-of-mind issues for consumers and state lawmakers, even in traditionally conservative states. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah passed ballot initiatives on Tuesday that will expand Medicaid to more than 330,000 low-income adults in those three Republican-dominated states. In Montana, however, voters rejected an initiative that would have renewed the state's Medicaid expansion with a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes. Without legislative action, Montana's Medicaid expansion will end in June 2019. Advocates for Medicaid expansion say the votes in predominately Republican-controlled states show the public appeal of extending the … [Read more...] about More states expand Medicaid, but experts expect gridlock to protect Obamacare
Citizen power propelled the biggest expansion of Medicaid in heavily Republican states since the early years of the Affordable Care Act, with hundreds of thousands of poor and vulnerable residents standing to gain health coverage as a result of Tuesday’s elections. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah approved ballot initiatives to include in their Medicaid programs adults with incomes of up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. The results accomplish a broadening of the safety-net insurance that the states’ legislatures had balked at for years. In addition, Maine voters elected Democrat Janet Mills as governor, clearing the path for a Medicaid expansion that voters approved by referendum a year ago. The outgoing GOP governor, Paul LePage, has been an ardent foe of the expansion and had blocked it for a year, leading to a court battle. Mills has said she will expand the program her first day in office. Montana officials were still tallying the results of the … [Read more...] about Three deep-red states, including Idaho, vote to expand Medicaid
opinion The Register's editorial Published 11:28 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 A rose to activists in conservative states working to deliver health insurance to residents by circumventing short-sighted elected officials. On Nov. 6, Utah voters will consider a ballot measure to expand Medicaid, as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. Politicians in the Republican-led state have refused to expand coverage, which would insure about 150,000 people. Opinion polls suggest the majority of residents favor the idea, and they now have the opportunity to take matters into their own hands. Voters in two other conservative states, Idaho and Nebraska, will also weigh in that day on Medicaid expansion proposals after their elected officials failed to act. People in these states must recognize they are getting a raw deal. They pay federal taxes to help fund expansions in other states while their own people, health providers and economies lose out. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad … [Read more...] about Voters in conservative states try to expand Medicaid without GOP help
click to enlarge KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION (CC) MEDICAID FOR SOME: A map of expansion states (blue) and non-expansion states (orange) as of January 2018, courtesy www.kff.org The Brookings Institute takes a look at states that expanded Medicaid and finds no evidence of regret: "The strong balance of objective evidence indicates that actual costs to states so far from expanding Medicaid are negligible or minor, and that states across the political spectrum do not regret their decisions to expand Medicaid." Some highlights from the analysis: [T]he leading peer-reviewed, academic study on this question documented, based on comprehensive data from the National Association of State Budget Officers that, by 2015, “there were no significant increases in spending from state funds as a result of the expansion.” Although states will start to incur some costs in years following 2015 as their 10 percent funding requirement is phased in, several expert analysts predict that … [Read more...] about No regrets for states that expanded Medicaid