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Will States Take a Second Look at Rejecting Medicaid Expansion?

While a number of governors have indicated that they will reject the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion now that the Supreme Court has empowered them to do so, it appears some may need to reconsider the budgetary implications of rejecting the federal government’s offer of significant health care resources with little required state matching funds.

According to the Detroit News, the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation has told Michigan officials that complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision would add 600,000 Michigan residents to the ranks of the insured while saving the state approximately $1 billion over ten years.

Similarly, the Texas Tribune reports that while Governor Rick Perry has already declared his opposition to Medicaid expansion, economists are suggesting that accepting the reform law’s expansion terms would save the state money on things like public hospitals, community health centers, and public assistance programs – and that this argument is finding sympathetic ears on both sides of the political aisle.

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) supports the health care reform law’s Medicaid expansion provision.

Read the Detroit News article here and the Texas Tribune article hereHealth Care Reform/Flag.

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