FEDERAL WAY (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is fully embracing the expansion of Medicaid health coverage. Inslee outlined his health care plans Thursday, saying that he believes it is one of the transformational parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The federal government will initially cover all of the expansion, and Inslee says it will have financial benefits by covering all the uncompensated care that occurs in hospitals. Republicans are concerned that the Medicaid expansion will burden the state with a huge expense.
Inslee’s GOP rival, Rob McKenna, has noted that the expansion will make roughly one-third of the state eligible for Medicaid.
State officials are working on a model to determine the ultimate cost of the Medicaid growth.