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How Will the Election Change Medicaid?

Posted on 10/6/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News The future of Medicaid — the state-federal workhorse of the nation’s health system that provides health coverage to the poorest and sickest Americans — hangs in the balance on Election Day. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have vastly different approaches to the program. Medicaid is the backbone of the 2010 health law — considered Obama’s signature legislative achievement — which, starting in 2014, expands coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. As many as …