By Sam Baker - 02/06/13 05:21 PM EST
The Supreme Court's landmark healthcare ruling last year made the Medicaid expansion optional for states, and conservatives have pressed their governors hard to resist the expansion as a way to fight "ObamaCare."
But Republican governors appear to agree with the White House that the expansion is a good deal. The federal government will initially cover 100 percent of the costs, falling to 90 percent in a few years.
The White House has abandoned proposed Medicaid cuts that would have shifted costs to the states, saying it's important to send a message that federal Medicaid funding will be secure and governors should feel confident taking up the expansion.