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McAuliffe Renews His Push To Expand Virginia’s Medicaid Program

Medicaid expansion news from Virginia and Kansas as well as a report about how some CHIP advocates are now concerned about how the expansion could impact the insurance program for children.

The Associated Press: Va. Gov. McAuliffe Touts First 100 Days In Office
Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his first 100 days in office Monday by highlighting his work to improve the state’s economy and by renewing his call to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents (4/21).

The Washington Post: Medicaid Expansion In Kansas On Hold Until At Least 2015
If Kansas opts to expand Medicaid, it won’t happen until at least next year. A new measure, signed into law late last week by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), requires that any expansion of Medicaid be explicitly approved by the state legislature, which has finished its regular session for the year (Chokshi, 4/21).

CQ Healthbeat: CHIP Advocates Cast Wary Eye on the Calendar
Champions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program are starting to worry about its future with federal funding set to expire in 18 months and new coverage alternatives available under the health law. A central question is whether advocates can convince Congress the program covering 8.5 million children is worth keeping even though states now have the option of expanding their Medicaid programs to help cover that population. Lawmakers also authorized hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies to buy coverage on insurance exchanges (Reichard, 4/21).

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