Medicaid Expansions Approved by Voters

Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, three traditionally Republican electorates, approved Medicaid expansions in last week’s mid-term elections.

These positive outcomes for Medicaid expansion show the divide within the Republican Party about the expansion, which is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The expansions in these three states mean about 300,000 low income individuals will join the Medicaid program. Since ACA passed, 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, have expanded access to those with incomes below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which is currently $16,753 for a single person and $34,638 for a family of four.

In Maine, after significant turmoil over implementing the Medicaid expansion approved by voters, the Democratic governor-elect indicates she will expand Medicaid on her first day in office.

The current Republican governor has refused to implement the voter approved expansion and there has been legal action about his failure to implement the program.

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Mary Adèr

Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs

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