Florida moves ahead with Medicaid

Surely everyone has heard now that the Governor of Florida has reversed course and is planning to take the Medicaid expansion (along with some waiver ideas for the program; hint Republican run states, you have lots of leverage; HHS is desperate to say yes).

Gov. Scott’s decision is especially notable since he was such a vocal critic of the ACA, and Florida was the primary plaintiff in the case that got the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the ACA, which resulted in the Court’s ruling that made the Medicaid expansion voluntary. And now Florida’s Governor says they will go forward with it.  As many have noted, yesterday will be a big one in the history of the ACA, from both a policy but most importantly a political perspective.

I think now the question is not what state will next take the Medicaid expansion, but which state will be the last?

About Don Taylor
Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and author of Balancing the Budget is a Progressive Priority. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

One Response to Florida moves ahead with Medicaid

  1. Elisa Hough says:

    ‎ReportingOnHealth.org, an initiative of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, is hosting a webinar March 5 at 10 am PT covering Medicaid expansion, with panelists from the National Academy for State Health Policy and health media. We hope you can join us for this discussion: http://www.reportingonhealth.org/content/webinar-health-reform-covering-medicaid-expansion

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