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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

State Opt-Out from Medicaid Expansion Will Hold Down Enrollment

“The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s health care overhaul would probably lead to an increase in the number of uninsured and a modest reduction in the cost to the federal government when compared with estimates before the court ruling. . . . The court said, in effect, that a large expansion of Medicaid envisioned under the 2010 law was a state option, not a requirement. While it is not yet clear how many states will ultimately opt out of the expansion, the budget office said it now predicted that six million fewer people would be insured by Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people.” (New York Times)

A slight roadblock for those who want Medicaid for all.

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