As Democrats in Congress move toward passing an ambitious economic agenda, much is undecided about health care — including how the federal government might further push holdout states to expand Medicaid. Experts say the shape of any changes to Medicaid is still forming, and that a new bill introduced by Democratic Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin is highly preliminary. The Medicaid bill, titled the Medicaid Saves Lives Act (MSLA), was introduced July 12, and its main policy would be creating “a program to provide health care coverage to low-income adults in States that have not expanded Medicaid,” according to text released by Warnock’s office. The bill was introduced as Democratic leadership agreed to a $3.5 trillion budget framework that includes much of President Joe Biden’s agenda.
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