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May 29, 2018

Weekly Primer: Ohio Weighs A Discriminatory Plan For Medicaid

As Republicans and Democrats in Washington prepare to point fingers at one another for the nation’s health-care woes in the lead-up to this November’s midterm elections, new data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the Trump administration’s attempts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act have led to a marked increase in the uninsured rate among… Republicans. Overall, the national uninsured rate barely changed over the course of 2017. Meanwhile, battles over Medicaid continue to rage in states across the country. A judge in Maine heard oral arguments last week in a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage (R) for unilaterally blocking the expansion of Medicaid that voters overwhelmingly approved last November. LePage, a staunch opponent of Medicaid, blew past the mandated April deadline to move forward with the implementation of the expansion, which is set to extend coverage to 70,000 low-income people in the state. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy says she will issue a ruling as soon…

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