Medicaid Expansion...Will it Happen in Alabama?

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Alabama hospitals are urging Governor Robert Bentley to expand the state's Medicaid program.

They say if expansion doesn't happen, hundreds-of-thousands of residents living near the poverty line, would be uninsured.

However, the governor says the state simply can't afford to expand the already-struggling program.

If the program is expanded, the federal government would pay for the first 3-years.

After that, the state would pay 10-percent, which could add up to 400-million dollars per year.

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