Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced he will expand Medicaid in his state to cover 1.3 million more low income residents, reversing his outspoken opposition to a key measure of the Obamacare health reform law.
His decision marked a surprising turnaround for Scott. Just last month, he came under fire for using questionable cost estimates to justify refusing to expand Medicaid.
Scott's change of heart came hours after the federal government agreed to grant Florida a conditional waiver to privatize Medicaid statewide. Under Obamacare, the federal government will pay states the full cost of expanding Medicaid coverage for the first three years. After that, the states would pay for 10 percent of the cost. The Supreme Court ruled last summer that the states could decide whether to participate.
Scott became the seventh GOP governor to approve Medicaid expansion. Governors from Ohio, North Dakota, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Michigan are already on board.
Via the Miami Herald