States Look To Wring Flexibility From Medicaid Expansion

Law360, New York (July 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT) -- States are hoping to leverage their newfound ability to reject the health law's Medicaid expansion to demand more flexibility from the federal government on Medicaid benefits, eligibility and payment systems, experts said Monday.

Dan Crippen, the executive director of the National Governors Association, said state leaders are anxious to win more latitude when it comes to Medicaid. They'd like to be able to change benefits, for example, by moving long-term care away from nursing homes and into home-based settings.

States are also concerned that the high...
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