Louisiana elec­tion could boost Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion in other states

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - By Vir­gil Dick­son

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.

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