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Medicaid expansion battles continue as legislative sessions wind down
Modern Healthcare

Bipartisan efforts continue in three states to expand Medicaid to low-income adults, as the clock runs down on their legislative sessions. But expansion supporters, including hospital and business groups, face tough fights against conservatives, spearheaded by an advocacy group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, who oppose anything associated with the Affordable Care Act.

The possibility of expansion is still alive in Alaska, Florida and Montana.  An effort to expand Medicaid in Nebraska ended when lawmakers there voted 28-16 on Wednesday to send expansion legislation to the bottom of their agenda, making it unlikely it will be debated again this year.

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