|Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer|
"But in embracing an expansion of the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled, Mr. Scott is in the awkward position of taking a more liberal stance than some Republican legislators on health reforms he once lambasted," Howell writes. "Those who have accepted an expansion say the federal funds are too important to pass up, while those who have rejected the money say they fear the strings attached and the long-term costs."
There is no deadline to accept or decline Medicaid expansion, which would give benefits to those in households with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Howell notes, "The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the expansion in 2014-2016 before scaling back its contribution to 90 percent" by 2020.