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SC Democrats Propose Medicaid Expansion At No Cost To State

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The biggest obstacle to Medicaid expansion in South Carolina according to Republicans, is the cost to the state. The biggest obstacle to Medicaid expansion in South Carolina according to Republicans, is the cost to the state.
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The biggest obstacle to Medicaid expansion in South Carolina according to Republicans, is the cost to the state. But State House Democrats say they have a solution that will cost the state nothing. They say the state can accept Medicaid expansion for 3 years at no cost to the state and then reevaluate its cost versus its benefits.

As part of Obama care, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion for the first 3 years. House Democrats say it would be morally wrong for the state not to accept those 3 years of expansion since it will cost the state nothing. After 3 years, states will start paying part of the cost of the expansion.

But Republicans say there is a cost to the States. House Ways and Means Medical sub committee chairman Murrell Smith says there are administrative costs to the Medicaid expansion.

He says the state will already be expanding Medicaid coverage as part of Obama care because of health care exchanges.

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