More Red State Medicaid Ballot Measures May Emerge In 2020

November 25, 2018, Forbes, Bruce Jaspen- Successful ballot initiatives in Nebraska, Idaho and Utah could lead to even more efforts to bypass Republican governors and legislatures to expand Medicaid by public referendum, a key organizer of past winning campaigns says. The Fairness Project, which spent $6 million to support ballot measures that won earlier this month, said it’s evaluating the political and regulatory climate of the 14 remaining states yet to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The Fairness Project is now “actively evaluating the viability of campaigns in all states that haven’t expanded Medicaid but do have a ballot process,” the group said. Because laws allowing Medicaid expansion by public referendum are different, The Fairness project says at least six states could become targets for Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives in 2020 thought the group says it’s not ready to announce any campaigns.“Right now we think those states include Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Wyoming,” the group said.

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