Jul 20, 2018

Kentucky restores Medicaid to thousands after sudden reversal

Matt Bevin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Nearly 400,000 Kentuckians had their Medicaid dental and vision benefits restored on Thursday night following their coverage being cut in early July after a judge rejected Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, reports the Associated Press.

Our thought bubble: Bevin has shown no hesitation about putting real-world Medicaid coverage on the table as part of the broader legal debate. He cut off medical and dental benefits after a judge blocked the state's work requirements, reinstating them only after the federal government took another crack at work requirements. And he has said he'll pull out of the ACA's Medicaid expansion entirely if the legal challenges to work rules ultimately succeed. Go deeper: The Kentucky Medicaid ruling is a setback for Trump.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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