Alabama’s Medicaid Limbo

Legislators have become convinced of the net benefits of extending Medicaid, but they’re stuck on the horns of budget earmarking. Maybe the lottery issue, too.

Despite philosophical challenges to Medicaid expansion, “I think that it is something we can accomplish,” says Danne Howard, executive vice president of the Alabama Hospital Association. If Ronald Reagan was still president and he proposed Medicaid expansion, the Alabama Legislature would be a lot more likely to entertain the idea, says…

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