- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says he is exploring the idea of a state-created program that uses Medicaid expansion dollars to bring health care coverage to previously uninsured people living at or slightly above the poverty line.

He emphasized Thursday his administration is only in the early stages of looking at a state-designed program. Bentley said he is also uncertain if the federal government would approve the work requirements he wants for recipients.

Arkansas and Pennsylvania already have designed plans to expand Medicaid coverage.

The governor said it is not a reversal from his previous statements that Medicaid was broken and shouldn’t be expanded in its present form under the federal health care law. He said he’s always favored using federal block grants for a state to design its own program.

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