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What’s Behind The Medicaid Enrollment Jump?

Stateline examines the reasons why Medicaid enrollment is soaring in the 25 expansion states. Meanwhile, in Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon may be attempting to resurrect his state's conversation.

Stateline: Why New Medicaid Enrollment Is Soaring
A Stateline survey of the 25 expansion states and the District of Columbia provides clear explanations for the strong Medicaid rollout so far. The biggest reason for the initial jump in Medicaid enrollment is that hundreds of thousands of people in the expansion states have been pre-qualified for expanded Medicaid because they are already enrolled in low-income state health care. Illinois, for example, will roll over 100,000 Cook County residents who have received expanded Medicaid benefits since 2011 Vestal, 11/6).

St. Louis Beacon: Nixon Calls Meeting Of Legislative Panels To Discuss Medicaid
After months of lying low on the topic of Medicaid expansion, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appears to be resurrecting the issue with Tuesday's invitation to General Assembly leaders to join him “for a discussion about reforming our state’s health-care system to provide better outcomes for patients and better returns for taxpayers” (Mannies, 11/5).

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