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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 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 Bellingham Herald, April 01, 2014: Michigan Medicaid expansion start draws 11,848

“Enrollment began Tuesday for Healthy Michigan, which extends Medicaid eligibility to adults making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,000 for an individual and $33,000 for a family of four.”

The Livingston Daily, March 31, 2014: Expanded Medicaid sign-up available

“Today marks the opening of Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program expected to provide health care to as many as 6,000 of Livingston County’s working poor.”

The Portland Press-Herald, March 29, 2014: Maine lawmakers send Medicaid expansion bill to LePage

“The state Senate gave final approval Friday to a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid health care program to more than 60,000 uninsured Mainers and establish a managed care system for the 320,000 current beneficiaries.”

The Bangor Daily News, March 28, 2014: Legislature gives final passage to Medicaid expansion, sends bill to LePage

“All eyes are on Republican Gov. Paul LePage after the state Senate on Friday granted final passage to a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers under the auspices of the federal Affordable Care Act.”

The Kansas City Star, March 28, 2014: The Missouri Senate and the inconvenient poor

“Republicans in the Missouri Senate came back from spring break with a harsh message for anyone holding out hope for Medicaid expansion: Nothing to see here. Move on.”

The News & Observer, March 28, 2014: Time for NC Republicans to accept ACA success, expand Medicaid

“Before the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010, 2.7 million North Carolinians were uninsured. Businesses went bankrupt due to health insurance costs. Americans were trapped in jobs, anchored by health insurance coverage, which stifled innovation. The quality of our health care suffered compared with other countries and yet the cost of care was rising fast enough to bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. budget. Our hospitals were filled with patients, ill for want of affordable, comprehensive preventive care.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) Medicaid expansion in Virginia? YES

“As a Virginia labor leader, I support Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to expand Medicaid because it is good for both workers and business. Medicaid expansion will create 30,000 new jobs in Virginia and inject more than $2 billion annually into the state.”

The Southwest Times Record, March 27, 2014: Enrollment below target for insurance marketplace, on track for private option

“With Monday’s enrollment deadline for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace looming, only 33,569 Arkansans have enrolled, a number well below initial projections, state officials said Thursday. But officials said enrollment is right on track for the private option — which has no enrollment deadline — with just under 150,000 Arkansans having applied and been found eligible for the program and about 106,000 having completed enrollment.”

The Lowell Sun, March 27, 2014: Health Connector clears backlog

“Having cleared a backlog of paper health insurance applications, the beleaguered state Health Connector Authority is turning its attention to determining the number of people earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but who were placed into the publicly-funded program to ensure their coverage in the face of a non-functioning website.”

The Huntsville Times, March 27, 2014: (Blog) Johnsoncare? Debate not as contentious, but original Medicaid was not all smooth sailing

“A year after a new law took effect offering federal funds to pay for health insurance for the poor, only about half of the states have taken the bargain.”

The Washington Post, March 26, 2014: (Blog) Doc fix would delay Obamacare Medicaid cuts. That’s good news for non-expansion states.

“New legislation providing a patch to Medicare physician payments also includes a one-year delay of scheduled Medicaid cuts to hospitals serving low-income patients. That’s especially good news for hospitals in states that haven't expanded Medicaid.”

The Washington Times, March 26, 2014: Virginia voters not sold on Medicaid as a top priority, poll shows

“Just 4 percent of Virginia voters think the top priority of Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly should be Medicaid — an issue that has paralyzed the budget process and forced a special session of the Legislature amid speculation about an unprecedented state government shutdown.”

The Tampa Bay Post, March 26, 2014: Nelson pushing alternative Medicaid expansion plan for Florida

“Sen. Bill Nelson is shopping what he says is way for Medicaid expansion to happen in Florida and avoid concerns that the state would pick up the cost when federal funding is reduced.”

Reuters, March 26, 2014: Virginia lawmakers recess without Medicaid, budget deal

“Virginia's legislature has recessed without reaching agreement with Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe over a budget or Medicaid expansion. McAuliffe, a former Democratic Party fundraiser, and the Republican-dominated House of Delegates are deadlocked over a two-year pilot expansion of Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor the governor has proposed.”

The Dayton Daily News, March 26, 2014: Medicaid coverage restored after income adjustment

“Recently a woman called to report that her Medicaid coverage had been terminated three times by her caseworker at Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS). The woman had filed for three state hearings on the matter, but it was still not resolved.”

The Billings Gazette, March 26, 2014: Bullock, McLean sign Medicaid expansion initiative

“Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean on Wednesday signed the petition to qualify the voter initiative to expand Medicaid, saying it’s time for the people to do what the 2013 Legislature would not.”

The Springfield News-Leader, March 25, 2014: Senators vow to block Medicaid expansion

“Several conservative senators vowed Monday to prevent Medicaid expansion in Missouri, and House Speaker Tim Jones said his caucus does not have an appetite for expanding eligibility.”

The Hill, March 25, 2014: (Blog) Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most

“There are more than 15 million uninsured or underinsured people living below the poverty line in the 23 states that have refused to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare, according to a new study by The Commonwealth Fund.”

The Washington Post, March 24, 2014: (Blog) Where does Scott Brown stand on New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion?

“Now that Scott Brown looks all but certain to run for Senate in New Hampshire, sooner or later he’ll be asked: Do you support or oppose the Medicaid expansion that’s currently moving forward in the state you want to represent?”

The Smithfield Herald, March 24, 2014: Child health in Johnston improving

“Since 2007, Johnston County children have seen improvement in key health indicators, including insurance coverage, dental care, teen pregnancy and child deaths, according to the latest N.C. Child Health Report Card.”

The Washington Times, March 23, 2014: Virginia special session: McAuliffe put to test on budget, Medicaid

“The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget during the regular session that includes funding for Marketplace Virginia, a private option that would leverage funds from the federal government to provide health care for up to 250,000 low-income Virginians.”

The Tampa Tribune, March 23, 2014: Health insurance out of reach for some Oregonians

“The couple's plight is not uncommon: Experts say thousands of low-income people in Oregon and across the country are uninsured, stuck in a low-income coverage gap.”