Massachusetts is the latest state to settle a legal battle over the failure of its welfare offices to meet federal voter registration requirements.
Senate Democrats are pushing for a four-year extension of the program, but the House's bipartisan plan would cut that in half.
In the 22 states that haven't expanded Medicaid -- most of which are controlled by Republicans -- many lawmakers will only agree to it if hospitals pay the price.
That's what a new report proposes as states limit potentially life-saving but expensive new drugs. But some say that would be surrendering to drug makers.