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Kansas Committee Expected To Take First Vote On Medicaid Expansion Today

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The issue has been swatted down repeatedly since the health law went into effect, but after moderates ousted several conservatives in last fall’s elections, a legislative panel is scheduled to vote on a measure today. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, says it will be close. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Ohio, Alabama and California.

Hearing For Trump Nominee Likely Will Focus On Her Work Helping States Revamp Medicaid

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Seema Verma heads a consulting firm that has helped several GOP-led states seek more leeway in setting up their Medicaid programs, most notably the expansion plan in Indiana. Democrats are concerned that could signal how she will try to reshape the agency that oversees Medicaid, Medicare and much of the federal health law.

House Republicans Weighing Key Medicaid Change As Part Of Health Law Overhaul

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Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., says Republican leaders are considering switching federal payments for Medicaid to per capita allotments, but it’s not clear that proposal will win supporters in the Senate. Meanwhile, Politico looks at how GOP lawmakers who want to cut Medicaid spending may be forced to increase the funding for a bit.

N.H. Governor Shifts Stand To Embrace Medicaid Expansion

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“There’s no doubt it’s been helpful,” Gov. Chris Sununu says in an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. Meanwhile, Georgia’s governor signs a law that will tax hospitals and then draw down more federal funds to operate the state Medicaid program.

Providers Warn Mass. Gov. That Plan To Cut Medicaid May Affect Home Health Services

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Home health agencies say the governor’s plan to rein in Medicaid spending with a trim in reimbursements would mean that they would stop sending nurses to homes to check on patients with chronic illnesses and that would shift more people into long-term care facilities. Also, news outlets report on Medicaid developments in Kansas and New Jersey.

As House Republicans Step Up Efforts To Revamp Medicaid, GOP Senators Meet About Concerns

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House committees weigh measures that would restructure Medicaid eligibility and would transform the program into a block grant system that would give states more control and perhaps less funding. But some Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the health law held a meeting this week to discuss their views about possible changes. News reports also look at Medicaid developments in Kansas and Missouri.