SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown said implementation of the new federal healthcare law is at the top of his agenda as he meets with other governors in the nation's capital this weekend.
In particular, Brown hopes to coordinate with other state leaders about how to expand coverage to the poor under the federal Medicaid program.
Speaking to reporters at the National Governors Assn. winter meetings in Washington on Saturday, Brown said he wants to "build support among the governors for an appropriate state rule in the Medicaid expansion." With billions of dollars at stake, he said it was "absolutely critical that states have the authority they need to manage this very complex and expensive program."
An increasing number of governors, including Republicans, are opting to grow their state's Medicaid program, lured by the federal government's promise to pick up 100% of the costs for most new recipients over the next three years. That share is scheduled to taper off to 90% over the next decade.