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Election Results Means Big Decisions For States


November 8th, 2012
by Christine Vestal

Editor’s note: In addition to Christine Vestal (photo and linked bio above), this post was coauthored by Michael Ollove, a staff writer at Stateline.

President Obama’s re-election puts the Affordable Care Act on firm ground for the first time since it was enacted. Now it is up to states to decide whether and how they want to participate.

At issue are two major decisions: whether states are willing and able to run their own health insurance exchanges, and whether they will consent to expanding their Medicaid programs to everyone with an income up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, as envisioned in the law.

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