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October 30, 2014

Obama to Press for Expansion of Medicaid in Republican States

President Obama is traveling to Dallas today to press Republican governors to expand Medicaid coverage in their states. The trip is aimed at fixing another potential bug in the Affordable Care Act.

The Hill: “When the Affordable Care Act originally passed, states were required to expand Medicaid coverage for all individuals making below the federal poverty level or within 138 percent of it. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand the joint program, enabling some Republican governors … to reject the growth of Medicaid in their states.”

“Because of the way the ObamaCare law is written, consumers below that income level aren’t eligible for the federal tax credits designed to help offset the require purchase of insurance on the insurance marketplaces. That means that in states that have opted not to expand Medicare, a certain slice of the population is neither poor enough to qualify for government health insurance, nor rich enough to buy their own coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges.”

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