Medicaid Expansion Update

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Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't change his mind about expanding Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law, even though a half dozen other Republican governors have agreed to participate.

Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, to be released next week.

Estimates are that as many as 400,000 Louisiana residents could be eligible for Medicaid if the state chose to expand the government-run health insurance program, with the federal government paying most of the costs.

Jindal is being urged by health care organizations and advocacy groups to reconsider his opposition to the expansion. But Jindal says Medicaid is outdated and the expansion is an improper growth of federal entitlement spending.

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