With Time Running Out, Florida Medicaid Expansion Is In Doubt

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health law last year … the justices made the expansion of Medicaid voluntary. Of the 27 million people projected to gain coverage under the law, about 13 million are expected to do so through Medicaid. … Fourteen states, many in the Republican-controlled South, have already rejected the Medicaid expansion, while 20 have agreed to comply with the law, according to consulting firm Avalere Health. Florida, with nearly four million uninsured residents, is one of more than a dozen still weighing the issue. And just as it has an outsized impact on presidential elections, it is likely to play a significant role in the success of the 2010 health law" (Galewitz, 4/26). Read the story. Galewitz also sat down with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz in his office in Tallahassee last week to discuss the issue. Read the interview.

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