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Public hospitals plan lobbying blitz in states weighing Medicaid opt-out
Modern Healthcare

An advocacy group for public hospitals plans to lobby its members to continue explaining to state leaders the importance of Medicaid expansion under the federal healthcare reform law.

HHS clarified in a letter issued Monday that it will cover all costs of expanding Medicaid enrollment, as authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, only in states that undertake an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the federal poverty level, or as high as 138% of the federal poverty level.

Some state political leaders had asked whether they could partially expand eligibility and still receive the federal funding.