Despite ACA, four states will cut Medicaid programs

Despite plans for many states to expand their Medicaid programs next year, Maine, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Vermont plan to trim their rolls by as much as 150,000 next year, Kaiser Health News reported. Although Rhode Island plans to expand its Medicaid program, it is dropping the income threshold for adults with children from 175 percent of the federal poverty level to 138 percent. Maine, which is not expanding Medicaid, is making similar eligibility cuts for childless adults. A special waiver in Vermont is expiring, while Wisconsin is planning to take as many as 92,000 people off Medicaid and insure them through the private market. Article