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When Reality And Political Philosophy Collide: A Look At Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion

As the state's expansion model gains national attention, Politico investigates how both sides turned out to be wrong with their predictions. Outlets report on Medicaid news out of Ohio, Kansas and Missouri as well.

Politico: Pence’s Medicaid Experiment Confounds Expectations On The Left And Right
When former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence embraced Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion with conservative twists — such as requiring enrollees to contribute to their care — critics lamented poor people would be locked out while backers cheered the program’s focus on personal responsibility. Neither side’s expectations were quite borne out. (Pradhan, 4/15)

Cincinnati Enquirer: How Medicaid Expansion Saved One Ohioan
Cotterill, 28, and more than 700,000 Ohioans benefited from the Medicaid expansion in the Buckeye State to get health insurance. Yet uncertainty clouds the ACA’s future, even after the Trump administration’s first effort to repeal the law crashed. (Saker, 4/16)

Wichita (Kan.) Eagle: Medicaid Expansion May Come Up Again When Legislative Session Resumes
Democrats are preparing for another run at Medicaid expansion when lawmakers return, hoping they can offer changes to conservatives to gain their support. But opponents vow to fight, saying there are no modifications that would win them over. The Legislature will reconvene May 1. Supporters of expansion mounted an unsuccessful effort earlier this month to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have increased eligibility for the program. (Shorman, 4/16)

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