Which states can expect the largest increase in Medicaid spending in the coming years?
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the states must spend a portion of the federal government’s $6 billion Medicaid expansion money on providing care for low-income residents.
The justices were asked to consider how the states can best meet the challenge of providing care to the elderly, and whether it is reasonable to limit the expansion’s spending to help the elderly.
The ruling was issued after two lower courts blocked the expansion.
The court is also expected to consider a challenge by Republicans who want to overturn the ruling, and some conservatives have already indicated they will challenge it.
The justices did not address whether it was appropriate to spend the money on Medicaid expansion, which is the largest expansion of the program in recent memory.
The court ruled in 2016 that the federal law should have made it mandatory that states spend the funds.
The federal government and states agreed that states could not be forced to spend Medicaid expansion dollars on anything other than expanding Medicaid.
The ruling is expected to set a precedent for how much states will have to spend to expand Medicaid.
States have until March 31 to file a request with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Medicaid expansion funding.
States that want the money to expand must submit the required information and pay a fee.
The Supreme Court issued its ruling in March 2017 after a federal appeals court found that the expansion is legal.
The appeals court said the federal health law does not require states to spend money on the expansion, and that states can choose not to expand the program.
The case came on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling in November 2016 that allowed Texas to expand its Medicaid program.
The high court ruled that the state could keep the federal funding for the expansion program and then impose the cost on Texans who lost Medicaid coverage.