President Obama To Announce Budget Support for Medicaid Expansions


Time: 9:03 a.m. CEST

President Barack Obama will give a financial support in his fiscal 2017 budget proposal to 19 state governments that passed up an earlier offer for expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income residents, the White House announced on Thursday. Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act, which is better known as Obamacare. Some Republican Governors opposed to the Obama’s signature health-care reform and refuse to offer state’s financial help to the costs of the expansion. This new proposal will give states more time to opt in and will pay for extension for three years, as the White House press release announced. This expansion should provide health insurance coverage to more than four million low-income people in those states. Obama will talk on the proposal on Thursday at a town hall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Obama is in a two-day official visit to Omaha and Baton Rouge. Yesterday, the President talked at the University of Nebraska.

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