News about Medicaid expansion efforts in Missouri and Georgia.
The Associated Press: Medicaid Asset Limit Change Sought
Some Missouri Republicans have remained adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars available under President Barack Obama's health-care law. Yet support has been quietly growing among some of those same Republicans for a mini Medicaid expansion (Lieb, 4/7).
Georgia Health News: Medicaid Expansion: A Tale Of Two Southern States
In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal refuses to expand Medicaid, saying the state cannot afford it. The Republican-controlled General Assembly agrees with Deal and has even gone a step further. It passed legislation during the 2014 session that requires the Legislature, not just the governor, to approve any Medicaid expansion. ... Buckler, 44, of Paris, Ky., has worked all her life “waitressing and cleaning up.” She is divorced with a grown child and a teenager at home. She lost her health insurance two years ago when she hurt her hand and could no longer work for a company that cleaned away trash and debris from newly built homes.
Because she lives in Kentucky, a state that has expanded Medicaid, she’s now on the program, and seeing a doctor about her hand and waiting to find out if she needs surgery (Craig, 4/6).