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Medicaid Expansion

Florida House Republicans Give Up On Legislating, Leave Town Early

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

Florida, man. The state House's Republican leadership didn't want to bring a Medicaid expansion bill that the Senate's Republicans support up for ...

A Half Century's Legacy at a Crossroads

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.

What's Missing From the Obamacare Debate?

Dr. Rani G. Whitfield | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Rani G. Whitfield

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the future of the ACA, the conversation has focused on the potential impact of the outcome. Specifically, that striking down federal subsidies for policy holders could create a nation of haves and have nots -- those with coverage and those without.

Jeffrey Young

Montana Legislature Votes To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Montana is on track to join 28 states and the District of Columbia by expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people. Democrats i...

Indiana Pence and the Dumb State Death Spiral

Ryan Casey | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Ryan Casey

Two major phenomena in recent years--growing political segregation, and the dynamism of the new global economy--might mean that progressive states that attract and invest in talented young people will flourish, while states clinging to the tired, disproven dogma of the past will flounder.

Ryan Grim

Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid t...

A Nation Divided: 2 Health Care Americas

Ron Pollack | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Ron Pollack

America is on the cusp of becoming a nation with two health care systems. This sharp division is the result of continued resistance to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it does greatest harm to residents where the resistance is greatest.

Key Southern States Are Hearing From the People They Left Out of Health Coverage

Felicia Willems | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Felicia Willems

It's not too late for state lawmakers who've decided not to expand Medicaid to change their minds (or be replaced by those who support it). Each and every one of us in these states need to be contacting our lawmakers and asking them to do so, because too many uninsured people have been shamed into silence.

Obama Administration Starts Playing Hardball On Medicaid Expansion

National Journal | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Since 2012, more than 20 states have rejected Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid because of Republican opposition, and the administration has had litt...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Enrollments Hit Nearly 12 Million, Top Health Official Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Close to 12 million people are covered by health insurance plans purchased from an Obamacare exchange, Health and Human Services Secreta...

In Alaska, Republican Lawmakers Challenge Governor on Medicaid Expansion

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The Republican-controlled House is poised to strip funding to expand the Medicaid health insurance program from Gov. Bill Walker's budget, the first shot in what's expected to be a contentious debate over one of Walker's central campaign planks.

Reverend William Barber: Leader of the Biggest Social Movement the Media Won't Talk About

Carl Gibson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Carl Gibson

As Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and voice of the Forward Together movement, calls it a "deeply constitutional, deeply moral" battle against the worst forms of injustice, led by young people, minorities, and people of multiple faiths - the exact groups the current political regime is working to disenfranchise.

Fifty Years After Medicare Desegregated Hospitals, Blacks Still Fighting for Health Care Access

Dr. Judy Lubin | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Judy Lubin

The ability to access quality health care services for the majority of the black population has been largely due to federal government policies and initiatives designed to address long-standing, systemic barriers to medical care for African Americans.

28 and Counting: Expanding Medicaid Makes Sense

Rishi Wadhera | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Rishi Wadhera

Now is the time for the people of "non-expanding" states to appeal to and lead their lawmakers out of the convoluted ACA partisan landscape. It is time for the remaining 22 states to expand Medicaid - it just makes sense.

Keep Medicaid 'Medicaid'

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

Fifty years since its enactment, Medicaid has proven over and over again to be successful in achieving what it is designed to do: provide needed health care coverage to the most vulnerable individuals.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Launches Medicaid Expansion

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The state of Pennsylvania has launched an expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program, its governor Tom Wolf said i...

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Returns With Public Opinion, If Not The North Carolina Legislature, On Its Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 faith leaders and protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement staged a protest at the North Carolina legislature ...

More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion

pew | Christine Vestal | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Jeffrey Young

GOP Governor Expands Medicaid Under Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday became the latest Republican governor to accept an expansion of Medicaid to cover more poor residents under the Aff...

Politics Versus Economics and the Enduring Mystery of Medicaid Expansion

James Moore | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
James Moore

Humans might not be the only casualties of the political standoff over provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Rural hospitals may begin to disappear because of lost revenues.

Embracing Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The main theme of a national election can turn on a dime, due to a major world event or even due to the public's fascination with one unforeseen minor topic. But, at least for the time being, the 2016 election seems to be shaping up as a race centered on economic populism.

Reproductive Justice -- Mainstreaming a Radical Vision

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Reproductive justice embraces the interrelationship of reproductive freedom, religious liberty, and equality, among other rights and freedoms, as vital to creating meaningful social change and justice for everyone. It means supporting fundamental human rights -- the right to have full autonomy over our bodies.

Stuck Between Rick Scott and a Hard Place: Young and Uninsured Floridians Feel the Squeeze

Jessica Adair | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jessica Adair

Newly reelected, Rick Scott should throw his weight behind closing the coverage gap, and build a coalition of conservative and liberal politicians to provide access to affordable health coverage for all Floridians.

Perry-Appointed Board Backs Medicaid Expansion

The Texas Tribune | Edgar Walters | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

A board of medical professionals appointed by Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that the state should provide health coverage to low-income Texans under ...

GOP Victories Blunt Hopes Of Medicaid Expansion

Politico | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

The 2014 gubernatorial elections were supposed to sweep in Democrats who would lead the charge for Medicaid expansion in the states. At least that’s...