Medicaid Expansion in Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley says he's somewhat open to the idea of expanding Medicaid, but the plan would have to be designed by the state and would have stipulations for recipients. In a speech to legislators today, Bentley reiterated his past opposition to expansion of Alabama's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. However, the governor did say he's willing to consider a state-designed program. Bentley said he would want the program to require recipients to look for a job, or for recipients to be in a job-training program. It would also use the private sector. Bentley described programs similar to expansions in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. However, the federal government has limited what conditions the states can impose. Bentley said his office is not working on any proposal.


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