Hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people will be at stake when the states decide whether accept the Medicaid provisions of the federal health care overhaul. As the state legislatures look ahead to their 2013 sessions, the calculating and the lobbying have already begun. President Obama’s law expands Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income people, but cost-wary states must consider whether to take the deal.
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