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Article updated: 2/3/2013 6:59 AM

Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

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President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid -- the federal-state program for the poor and disabled -- could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go beyond their budgets, directly affecting the well-being of residents and the finances of critical hospitals. Awaiting decisions are people like Debra Walker, a part-time home health care provider. She had a good job with health insurance until she got laid off in 2007.

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President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go beyond their budgets, directly affecting the well-being of residents and the finances of critical hospitals.
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