NPR (5/27, Rovner) also points out in its Shots blog, "When 20 states filed suit over the new health law just after President Obama signed it in March, the expansion of Medicaid was a major part of their beef." Yet, "a new study suggests that the Medicaid expansion might cost states less than they think, and some states might actually make money on the deal." In fact, "on average, the federal government will pick up 95.4 percent of each state's expanded costs over that period."
The San Jose Mercury News (5/27, Zapler) reports, "During the health care debate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated the new law would impose additional costs of $2 billion to $3 billion annually on California once it is fully implemented late this decade." This study estimates, however, "that from 2014 to 2019, as the reform law is ramping up, California could bear additional costs from $3 billion to $6.5 billion over that six-year period." CQ HealthBeat (5/27, subscription required), the Tennessean (5/27, Theobald), the Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier (5/27, Groppe), Lexington Herald-Leader (5/27, Trumn), and the Mobile Press-Register (5/26, Reilly) also covered the story.