Health policy advocates in Florida, Mississippi, and South Dakota are pushing for Medicaid expansion at the ballot box to get around Republican opposition in the statehouse.
The three are the last remaining states where passing Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative is a possibility under the state constitution.
Six red states have expanded Medicaid eligibility by ballot initiative so far: Maine in 2017, Idaho, Nebraska and Utah in 2018, and Oklahoma and Missouri in 2020.
Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program for low-income people that traditionally was focused on children, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled. States were ...