Medicaid

The White House

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Governors in Kansas and Texas say they will join Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration, alleging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday he plans to file an amicus brief in a fight to protect states’ right to make their own decisions. Scott said Monday that he’d talked with Gov. Greg Abbott, who also pledged support.

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AUSTIN — All 20 Texas Senate Republicans sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama demanding more flexibility for their state to administer Medicaid — but also vowing that, without it, expanding the program under the White House’s signature health care law remains “not worth discussing.”

As a growing number of newborns are being born addicted to narcotic painkillers, Texas lawmakers are considering measures to combat the costly problem.

Texas documented 1,009 Medicaid-covered babies born in 2013 suffering from sudden withdrawal from prescription opioids, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, The Austin American-Statesman reported an 18 percent increase since 2011.

A leading nonprofit representing employers from all across the state says it will be pushing for an expansion of Medicaid during the 2015 legislative session. The Texas Association of Business says the cost of healthcare for Texas employers is going up, and this is related to the state’s high level of an uninsured working population.

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

The rate of uninsured people in the U.S. fell to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest quarterly average recorded since pollster Gallup started tracking the number in 2008.  

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