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News Summary: Medicaid an overhaul success story

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The Associated Press | November 12, 2013 02:27 PM EST | AP


NEW DATA: Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, a rare early success story for President Barack Obama's technologically challenged health overhaul.

TECHNICAL ISSUES: Private plans offered through troublesome online markets are expected to have enrolled a far smaller number of people, partly because of the malfunctioning federal website that continues to confound potential customers.

LOOKING AHEAD: Starting Jan. 1, the health overhaul law expands Medicaid eligibility, but the Supreme Court gave states the right to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, which is fully financed by Washington for the first three years, gradually phasing down to a 90 percent federal share.