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Massive Medicaid gap could gut healthcare law

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, July 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Obama's health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid. An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or are undecided with time running short. That a majority of the neediest people who could be helped by the law may instead remain uninsured is a predicament unforeseen by Obama and congressional Democrats who designed a sweeping extension of the social safety net.