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Gov. Sandoval Still Undecided on More Medicaid

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Gov. Brian Sandoval still hasn't decided whether to expand the Medicaid program in Nevada to cover residents earning slightly more than poverty-level wages. He says he'll decide before the Legislature convenes in February but it maybe not until he delivers the State of the State address Jan. 16.

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," requires states to offer free health care through Medicaid to people earning up to 133% of the poverty level, or about $15,000 annually for a single person.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in June but also gave states the option of expanding the program. Several Republican governors have balked.

The estimated cost of the expansion for 70,000 more Nevadans ranges from $30 million to $50 million a year.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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