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Utah Lawmakers May Weigh New Options For Expanding Medicaid

Utah legislators have been hesitant to move forward with the health law's Medicaid expansion, but several are planning to propose other ways to cover low-income residents. Also in the news, three Georgia lawmakers debate expansion.

Deseret News: Utah Lawmakers Get Creative With Medicaid Expansion
Despite years of discussing the issue without resolution, Utah lawmakers will again take on Medicaid expansion and various plans to implement it for the thousands of Utahns who remain uncovered by health insurance. And, while some lawmakers are taking approaches that have been tried before, others are trying new things — an indication of a potential desire to bring health care benefits closer to Utahns who can't afford them. (Leonard, 1/24)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: GOP State Senator: ‘I Believe We Will Expand Medicaid’
Last week, GPB’s “The Lawmakers” had Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, and state Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, to talk about medical care in Georgia. But the show was stolen by state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, who predicted that, no matter what Republican protests you hear elsewhere, Medicaid expansion under Obamacare will ultimately happen. (Galloway, 1/24)

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