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Medicaid arguments close out health-reform challenge
Modern Healthcare

No U.S. HHS secretary has ever cut off Medicaid funding for a state that refused to abide by the conditions for federal matching money in the healthcare program for the poor and needy.

But that doesn’t mean no secretary has ever threatened to do so.

Arguments in Wednesday’s afternoon session before the Supreme Court centered on the question of whether the federal government was acting in an illegally coercive manner by threatening a state’s entire Medicaid funding if the state didn’t refused to expand eligibility for the program to Americans at 138% of the federal poverty level.