November 11 ,2014

You’ve heard this time and time again — elections matter.

This is particularly true when it comes to Medicaid. Due to the significant share of state budgets dedicated to Medicaid, Governors and the individuals they will appoint are critical to the operation, policy, and financing of state Medicaid programs. Knowing the policy positions of governors and governors-elect is important to anyone with interest in Medicaid.

To help you navigate the changing landscape in the states, Sellers Dorsey has developed a fact sheet, Review of 2014 Elections

Impact on Medicaid. Some of the highlights include:

Alaska – Independent candidate for governor, Bill Walker, is currently leading in the race to become the next chief executive of Alaska. The current governor, Sean Parnell (R), chose not to expand Medicaid following the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA. Mr. Walker has indicated his support for Medicaid expansion with the caveat of continued federal funding at the current level.

Pennsylvania – Businessman Tom Wolf (D) defeated Governor Tom Corbett (R), who recently received approval for his Healthy Pennsylvania plan from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The plan required a waiver. Governor-elect Wolf has pledged to expand Medicaid through a conventional model.

Arkansas – In another state that received a waiver from CMS to expand Medicaid through a private option, Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson (R) has expressed that he will continue to “weigh the costs and benefits of the

[private option] program” to determine its future. The state legislature will also have a say, as it is required to renew the program annually with a super majority vote.

To request an overview on the election results and what the candidates said about Medicaid, waivers, and expansions during the campaign, complete the form below.

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