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Many await states' decisions on Medicaid

January 28, 2013 | 7:36 p.m. CST
Part-time home health care provider Debra Walker is shown in her home in Houston. President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid — the federal-state program for the poor and disabled — could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year. The repercussions go beyond their budgets, directly affecting the well-being of residents and the finances of critical hospitals. Awaiting decisions are people like Walker, a part-time home health care provider. She had a good job with health insurance until she got laid off in 2007.

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