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New study shows Alabama should expand Medicaid

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama is still holding firm against expanding medicaid, but some are hoping a new study will shed new light on the issue.

It shows how much state's will spend on the program, and how much they stands to lose if they fail to expand medicaid.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley won't budge on Medicaid. He says he wants to get everyone in Alabama off of Medicaid and find them jobs, things that have been hard to come by in Alabama the past few years.

The latest study on Medicaid expansion says much of the same, that Alabama has much more to lose than gain by sitting on the sidelines.

The Urban Institute looked at all 24 states that haven't expanded Medicaid.

Alabama on its own stands to miss out on $14.4 billion in new federal dollars to pay for Medicaid expansion, and $7 billion of that would go directly to hospitals.

As for the costs, the Urban Institute points out that Alabama would need to dish out $108 million per year to pay for Medicaid, and compared that to the $277 million the state dished out for incentives to lure businesses in 2012.

Alabama's governor will be on the campaign trail on Wednesday, touring a Birmingham business with Chris Christie, New Jersey's governor who decided last year that Medicaid expansion was a good idea.

A recent study from Alabama ARISE said that most of the people who would be eligible for Medicaid already have jobs, like fast food workers and construction workers.

About 300,000 would be eligible to receive expanded Medicaid coverage in Alabama.

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