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The Affordable Care Act originally included Medicaid expansion in all states, but the Supreme Court, as part of the 2012 decision upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate, made it optional. In those early years, only a handful of Republican-led states expanded the program, but several more signed on in subsequent years, in a few cases because of a change in political leadership or because of a voter referendum.
In a new tip sheet Rachana Pradhan – who had been covering Medicaid deeply at Politico and is now moving to KHN – explains what you need to know about partial expansion. Read more about the policy, the politics, the funding – and the impact on the uninsured.
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