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In South Carolina, Medicaid Expected To Grow Despite Turning Down Expansion

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It's partly because of Obamacare's requirement that Americans buy insurance. The expectation is that thousands of residents who are eligible for Medicaid are not enrolled, and that the mandate will encourage them to learn about their eligibility and sign up. It's also partly because of reforms that South Carolina has made to its enrollment process.

Utah and Idaho, which have also turned down the Medicaid expansion, similarly expect 14 percent jumps in enrollment, according to the KHN report.