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Will Obamacare Website Be Able To Transfer Medicaid Enrollment Data?

Politico raises questions about whether the transfer of Medicaid enrollment data to 36 states participating in the federal exchange will go smoothly Nov. 1 when it's slated to begin. The Los Angeles Times looks at how Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision to pursue Medicaid expansion in defiance of the right wing of his party may affect his political future.

Politico: Medicaid Could Be The Next Headache For Obamacare
A new phase of the Obamacare launch is coming, this one involving Medicaid. And it could be déjà vu all over again. On Nov. 1, the health law’s malfunctioning enrollment system is supposed to send reams of data to states so they can begin placing thousands of people into Medicaid. But state officials say that transfer system has barely been tested and could be vulnerable to technical failures like those that have crippled the broader Obamacare sign-up process (Cheney, 10/24).

Los Angeles Times: In Ohio, Obamacare Fight Renewed As GOP Governor And Activists Tussle
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation’s new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state’s governor, John Kasich (Decker, 10/23).

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