Louisiana election could boost Medicaid expansion in other states
The recent election of a Democratic governor in Louisiana who is committed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has given hope to hospitals and other advocacy groups that back expansion of coverage to lowincome adults in the 20 states where Republican leaders so far have balked. Supporters say it gives political momentum to the expansion push in states in the South and Midwest. Another factor is that more rural hospitals are closing in non-expansion states, and industry leaders warn this will continue without Medicaid expansion. HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has said she expects all states to eventually expand Medicaid. Here’s a rundown of the states in play.