There appears to be no clear consensus among U.S. governors regarding the Medicaid expansion as called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which could deeply affect the future of the U.S. health care system, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) perspective article appearing in the January 16, 2013 New England Journal of Medicine.States must decide before January 1, 2014, when the ACA’s most sweeping reforms take effect, whether or not to participate in the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to all adults with family incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. States that opt to participate would pay less than 10% of the cost.Co-authors Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Arnold Epstein, chair of the department and John H. Foster Professor of Health Policy and Management, took an in-depth look at the views expressed by governors about Medicaid expansion from June 2012, when the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, through one month after the November 2012 presidential election. While governors don’t necessarily have the final say about Medicaid expansion in their states, the researchers noted, they do oversee their states’ Medicaid programs and often set the terms of debate with their state legislatures. Read Full Story
LeBron James is to the point that his return to the court will be a game-day decision Thursday.The 34-year-old superstar has participated in full contact scrimmages this week for the first time since straining his left groin Dec. 25 but continues to be listed as day-to-day. Almost that time again! I’ve missed you so damn much! 😤🦁 🗣🤯#BeenACagedAngryLion. #striveforgreatness🚀 #jamesgang👑 photo cred @graydientvisualsA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jan 28, 2019 at 3:10pm PSTJames originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Christmas Day. He met with trainers on the court, appeared to tell them he “felt it pop” and then headed to the locker room without assistance. James underwent an MRI the following day and said on Twitter he “dodged a bullet.” But, he has missed the Lakers’ last 16 games. Los Angeles (26-25) is 6-11 in his absence and has fallen into the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings, two games back of the Clippers — an added twist on whether James could return for Thursday’s intracity matchup.Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in July. He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season. View this post on Instagram LeBron getting shots up after practice: pic.twitter.com/4R9jR9EJfi— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 28, 2019He was only able to watch from courtside Tuesday night as the 76ers beat the Lakers, 121-105, though reports have suggested four-time MVP could be back on the court Thursday to face the Clippers.However, coach Luke Walton insisted the team will make a last assessment on James.Asked whether he was viewing Wednesday’s practice as a final test for James, Walton told reporters: “No, we’re looking at it as we’re going to practice again.”We’ll do some full-court scrimmaging again, see how he feels.Although the Lakers were unable to recover from a slow start, Luke says he’s proud of them for fighting back and competing. pic.twitter.com/jlLzqBHVFw— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 30, 2019″No matter what happens, the decision won’t be made [Wednesday]. It will be about how he feels later that night and into what he feels like the next day when he wakes up, more importantly.”So, not a final test, just another day of seeing if he’s ready yet.”James said on Instagram later Monday it was “almost that time” to play again.