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Nev. Governor Vetoes Medicaid-For-All Bill, Saying It’s Creative But Lacks ‘Factual Foundation’

The legislation would have allowed all residents the option of buying into Medicaid coverage.

The Wall Street Journal: Nevada’s Governor Vetoes ‘Medicaid For All’ Insurance Plan
Nevada’s Republican governor vetoed a bill late Friday that would have created the nation’s first “Medicaid for all” insurance offering, a plan that drew widespread attention as states brace for changes in the federal Affordable Care Act. The bill would have allowed any state resident to buy into Medicaid, the federal-state program for people with low incomes or disabilities. The idea, which its Democratic sponsor said would have created a guaranteed health coverage option that was affordable, has drawn the interest of other liberal-leaning states as congress works to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act, including the law’s Medicaid expansion. (Hackman, 6/17)

Los Angeles Times: Nevada Governor Vetoes Medicaid-For-All Bill
In his three-page veto message released Friday night, Sandoval praised the sponsor of the bill for “creativity” in attempting to design a healthcare option for the state’s 2.9 million people, but he ultimately reasoned that there were too many unanswered questions about how the program would work. He wrote that the legislation was “an undeveloped remedy to an undefined problem” — and that it didn’t get proper scrutiny before it was passed in a short time frame.  (Montero, 6/17)

CNN: Nevada Governor Vetoes Medicaid-For-All Plan
Nevada's governor has vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first to open Medicaid to all residents. The Democratic-led state legislature passed a bill earlier this month that would have allowed anyone to purchase a Medicaid-like policy, regardless of their income. Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, on Friday vetoed the bill. The bill called for the state to create the Nevada Care Plan, which would have been separate from the state's Medicaid program but offered nearly all the same benefits. (Luhby, 6/18)

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