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December 17 -- The New Federalism
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Voters in three states approved measures on Election Night to expand Medicaid, bringing to 36 [plus the District of Columbia] that have agreed to broaden eligibility to include those earning 138 percent of the federal poverty rate. One of those, Maine, approved expansion in 2017 but the process has been repeatedly blocked by Gov. Paul LePage (R). That is expected to change in January when Gov.-elect Janet Mills (D) takes office. Conversely, Montana voters in November rejected a ballot measure that would have extended the Treasure State’s expansion beyond June 30, 2019. That plan will sunset on that date unless lawmakers act to extend it.