WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after Florida's Republican governor endorsed a key part of the federal health care overhaul, the Obama administration says it's encouraged by the progress.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that states are deciding the Medicaid expansion is, quote, "simply too good to pass up."
Washington pays the full cost for the first three years, gradually phasing down to 90 percent. Millions of low-income people, mostly uninsured adults, would be covered.
Florida's Gov. Rick Scott, once one of the biggest opponents of the overhaul, reversed course this week and called on his legislature to accept the expansion. He's the seventh Republican governor to sign on.
Nationally, 21 states plus Washington, D.C., plan to expand Medicaid. Fourteen are declining. And 15 are still mulling options.
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If the fee was enacted as planned in the New Starts application, the expected $555 million in revenue would almost double the amount of taxes and fees motorists currently pay to the state through gas taxes
Ronald Nored, guard for the Butler University basketball teams that went to back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA Tournament, has already landed his first coaching gig. The former Bulldog will lead the Brownsburg High School Bulldogs.
The university announced Blue III, also known as Trip, on Thursday. He was born Dec. 23 in Indiana. The university's current live mascot, Blue II, remains with the school.