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Louisiana

Will the Repub­li­can­con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture help new Demo­cratic Gov. John Bel Ed­wards ful­fill his cam­paign prom­ise to ex­pand Med­i­caid to as many as 365,000 low-in­come adults, making it the first Deep South state to ac­cept the ACA ex­pan­sion?

Ken­tucky

Will new Repub­li­can Gov. Matt Bevin find a way to step back from his cam­paign pledges to roll back his state’s suc­cess­ful Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion and state-run in­sur­ance ex­change, which could dis­rupt cov­er­age for more than 500,000 res­i­dents?

Arkansas

Will Gov. Asa Hutchin­son and the GOP-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture agree on how to mod­ify the state’s Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion pro­gram with “per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity” fea­tures and win Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­proval for the changes?

Alabama

Will Repub­li­can Gov. Robert Bent­ley fol­low the rec­om­men­da­tion of his health­care im­prove­ment task force and push GOP law­mak­ers to ex­pand Med­i­caid to as many as 300,000 res­i­dents?

South Dakota

Will South Dakota of­fi­cials reach an agree­ment with the CMS to have the feds fully fund cer­tain med­i­cal ser­vices for Na­tive Amer­i­cans, thus free­ing state funds for Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion to as many as 49,000 low­in­come adults, which Repub­li­can Gov. Den­nis Dau­gaard sup­ports?

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