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The Washington Post, April 13, 2014: Va. Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over Medicaid expansion

“Virginia Republicans were supposed to be squirming by now. For months, their opposition to expanding Medi­caid under the Affordable Care Act has put them at odds with some traditional allies in the business world.”

Businessweek, April 15, 2014: Insurers Coveting Medicaid Turn WellCare Into Target: Real M&A

“WellCare gets almost all of its revenue from Medicare and Medicaid, which provide medical coverage to the elderly, disabled and poor. Both programs are seeing rising demand as the baby boomer population ages and state governments with tight budgets shift more patients to managed-care companies like WellCare.”

The Indianapolis Business Journal, April 14, 2014: Even without expansion, 40,000 more Hoosiers join Medicaid

“Even without expanding eligibility for Indiana Medicaid, the program had enrolled 40,577 more Hoosiers as of March than it had in the same month last year.”

The Roanoke Times, April 15, 2014: Anti-tax group praises Va. House speaker for Medicaid stance

“Expanding Medicaid is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, one that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled was optional. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe had made expanding Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income Virginia residents his top legislative priority. House Republicans oppose expansion, saying the state can’t afford its long-term costs.”

The New York Daily News, April 14, 2014: State to use $8 billion in Medicaid savings to help struggling Brooklyn hospitals

“New York and the feds have finalized a deal allowing the state to use $8 billion in projected Medicaid savings to help revive struggling Brooklyn hospitals, Gov. Cuomo announced Monday.”

The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2014: For the working poor, new health premiums can be a burden

“At the margins of poverty, even committing to premiums, co-payments and other new medical expenses of hundreds or a few thousand dollars a year can be difficult to manage, according to researchers and groups working with the low-income patients now required by federal law to buy insurance.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 2014: Medicaid expansion fails in Maine for a third time

“The Maine Legislature failed on Friday in its third attempt to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income residents under the federal health care law — an issue that's certain to play prominently in this year's governor's race.”

The Daily Progress, April 08, 2014: Scant evidence to claim that school dollars would go to Medicaid expansion

“McAuliffe, a Democrat, has been urging the General Assembly to expand eligibility in the state's Medicaid program to an additional 400,000 low-income and disabled Virginians. Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government would pay the entire expansion cost for the next three years and 90 percent of it down the road.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 08, 2014: Two paths seek health care expansion; House balks

“But the five-hour commission meeting produced no consensus or even a vote on whether Virginia has made sufficient progress on reforms of its Medicaid program to allow expansion of coverage to as many as 400,000 uninsured Virginians.”

The Washington Post, April 07, 2014: (Op-Ed) The safety net catches the middle class more than the poor

“Liberals are shocked (shocked!) that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his co-partisans would consider cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants and other programs that serve the neediest Americans. They have accused Ryan of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.”

The Washington Times, April 07, 2014: States see big disparities in Obamacare Medicaid sign-ups

“Just 10 states accounted for more than 80 percent of the 3 million new Medicaid enrollees who have signed up through Obamacare this year, according to a private analysis released Monday, which reported that Florida was the only state to enroll more than 100,000 residents without expanding the federal-state entitlement under the new law.”

The Daily Press, April 07, 2014: Find a way forward

“In the ongoing debate over a state budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and members of the General Assembly are faced with a critical question: Is Medicaid the hill they want to die on? Each side seems increasingly eager to dig in and force a reckoning rather than compromise and fight another day.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 04, 2014: Nevada Medicaid grows nearly 118,000 from year ago

“Enrollment in Nevada's Medicaid program has grown by a third during the past year, with more than half of the new enrollees becoming eligible under the federal health care reform law, state officials said Friday.”

CNN, April 04, 2014: Medicaid enrollment jumps by 3 million

“Three million people have enrolled in Medicaid since October, mainly in states expanding eligibility under Obamacare, according to federal data released Friday.”

The Miami Herald, April 04, 2014: Medicaid enrollment rises in Florida, nation

“Enrollment in Medicaid rose by about 245,000 people in Florida from October through February, reflecting a national trend as people who were previously eligible but not enrolled signed up for the state-federal health program for low-income Americans, federal officials reported Friday.”

The Bangor Daily News, April 03, 2014: Maine House waters down or rejects LePage welfare, EBT card reforms

“In a series of party-line votes Thursday, the Maine House sent a slate of bills aimed at changing or reforming Maine’s welfare system and how state-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer cards could be used to the Senate.”

The Star-Ledger, April 03, 2014: Expanded Obamacare Medicaid backlog means financial bind

“By all accounts, enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program has gone well in New Jersey. The numbers are robust as the program’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act allows single residents and childless couples to get coverage provided their income is low enough.”

The Times Union, April 02, 2014: House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget

“Republicans who control the House Budget Committee pressed ahead Wednesday on a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives.”

The Daily Press, April 02, 2014: Gov. McAuliffe touts Medicaid expansion as 'good business'

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe took his push for Medicaid expansion as an integral part of Virginia budget negotiations to business and health leaders in Hampton Roads on Tuesday.”

The Washington Post, April 01, 2014: Hundreds cram into Va. Senate hearing on Medicaid expansion through state budget

“Virginia’s on-again, off-again special session got rolling again Tuesday, as hundreds of lobbyists and activists on opposite sides of the state’s Medicaid battle crammed into a Senate hearing on whether to expand the program through the state budget.”

The New York Times, April 01, 2014: Ryan Budget Would Cut Food Stamps and Medicaid Deeply

“Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin on Tuesday will lay out a tough, election-year budget that he says will come into balance by 2024, in large part through steep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps and the full repeal of President Obama’s health care law, just as millions begin to see its benefits.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 01, 2014: Republican senator floating Missouri Medicaid plan

“Although he acknowledges his prospects are slim, a Republican senator is circulating a plan that he says would use federal Medicaid dollars to expand Missouri's health care coverage to low-income adults without busting the state budget.”

The Chicago Sun-Times, April 01, 2014: House GOP budget features cuts in food stamps, health care

“House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.”

The Washington Times, April 01, 2014: GOP denies McAuliffe offered ‘deal’ for Medicaid support

“GOP leaders on Tuesday flatly denied ever discussing the possibility of tax relief in exchange for reconsidering their opposition to a Medicaid expansion proposal supported by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who claimed last week that House Republicans had already rebuffed such a proposal a month ago.”

The Bangor Daily News, April 01, 2014: (Editorial) ‘Alternatives’ cited in Medicaid expansion debate keep poor from enrolling, seeking care

“Lawmakers who have voted against expanding Medicaid to about 70,000 low-income Maine residents have leaned heavily on the defense that affordable health coverage is already available to a majority of those who would qualify for an expanded Medicaid program — courtesy of the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace.”