Effective Friday, more than 300,000 low-income Louisiana residents newly qualify for health insurance coverage thanks to their state’s expansion of Medicaid. The state predicts expansion will save it $184 million on health care within the first year alone, NBC News reported. In Colorado, a recent report found that Medicaid expansion there has created more than 31,000 jobs, increased economic activity by $3.8 billion and raised annual household earnings by $643. Meanwhile, at a forum Wednesday in Topeka, the president of St. Francis Health said Kansas’ refusal to expand Medicaid was a big reason why the Topeka hospital is now up for sale. – Phillip Brownlee
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