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Critics fault Hogan's plan to cut Medicaid spending

Critics fault Hogan's plan to cut Medicaid spending

When Elissia Ellis gave birth to her second son this week, the entire pregnancy hardly cost her a penny. Four ultrasounds, more than a dozen doctor visits, genetic screens and other tests — plus the delivery itself — were covered by Medicaid, the nearly free government health insurance program for low-income families. Maryland is among states that extend coverage to some pregnant women with higher incomes. Ellis, a 27-year-old grocery cashier, has relied on the program at a time when Gov. Larry Hogan proposes to make fewer women eligible for it. Hogan's plan to exclude approximately 1,400 pregnant women from the program next year is just one way the new Republican...

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