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"Medicaid-For-All" Legislation On the Rise in Several States

As states discuss ways to provide their citizens with affordable health care, one effort gaining traction would offer Medicaid plans on a state’s insurance marketplace, allowing those who previously did not qualify to gain access. These “Medicaid-for-all” plans, more...

Several Red States Inch Closer to Expanding Medicaid

Billy CulletonMay 3, 2018 Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs for residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 2012...

Vermont Governor First to Sign Recreational Marijuana Law
This afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) became the first governor in the country to sign recreational marijuana legalization into law. Vermont is now the first state to pass recreational marijuana legalization via the legislative process, and the ninth state...
MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
2017 State Policy Review: Health Care & Wellness

State lawmakers kept an eye on federal health care action in 2017, but they didn't remain idle as states face growing health care costs, an opioid crisis, and the growing popularity of marijuana legalization. This is the sixth post in a series reviewing the top state...

States Have Stalled on Potential Opioid Abuse Solution: Deterrent Formulation Drugs
Last May, we reported that some states were utilizing abuse-deterrent drug legislation to address the opioid epidemic. A year later, the opioid epidemic remains a ballooning public health crisis with upwards of 91 Americans dying from opioid overdoes each day. State...
West Virginia Becomes 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Just in time for  4/20 — Governor Jim Justice (D) has  signed legislation ( WV SB 386) into law making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana for certain conditions.
Medicaid Expansion Debate Reignites in the States
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump failed to convince a majority of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to vote in a favor of the long-awaited repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or...
Forget Congress. With President Trump's Help, States Can Transform Medicaid on Their Own
As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). Congressional Republicans had also been campaigning on the same promise for about six years. But the introduction of a House...
Governors React to Obamacare Replacement
House Republicans finally revealed their health care plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), earlier this month to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). Unsurprisingly, AHCA has already come under intense scrutiny on Capitol...

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