Texas Protesters ‘Lament’ Governor’s Decision To Turn Down Medicaid Expansion

Topics: Health Costs, Medicaid, Politics, Health Reform, States

Sep 24, 2012

Meanwhile, in Idaho, a report estimates that expansion could add more than 111,000 people to the state’s Medicaid rolls.

The Dallas Morning News: Protestors Lament Rick Perry‘s Decision To Forgo Medicaid Expansion
Protesters rode to the Capitol on Friday to complain that by turning down a federal Medicaid expansion, Gov. Rick Perry threw them under the bus. About 250 attendees were shuttled in from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio for the event, which included a march to the Governor’s Mansion (Cardona, 9/21).

The Associated Press: Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Add 111,500 In ID
A study estimates that expanding Medicaid coverage in Idaho for more low-income people under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could mean up to an additional 111,500 Idahoans in the program in 2014 (9/22).

And, in Arkansas

Stateline: A New Health Care Initiative In Arkansas
Arkansas ranks near the bottom among states in health and income. But it’s much closer to the top when it comes to rising health care costs — they’ve doubled in just the past decade.  On October 1, Arkansas will launch what’s called the “Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative,” aimed at taming runaway costs by offering doctors financial incentives to provide more efficient care. … private insurers are joining with Medicaid to create a united front (Vestal, 9/24).

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President Barack Obama delivers his weekly add...

President Barack Obama delivers his weekly address on the subject of health care reform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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