MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Just two states have governors who are physicians. Democrat John Kitzhaber of Oregon is an emergency room doctor. Republican Robert Bentley of Alabama is a dermatologist. Their states may have little in common, but the medically trained governors have embraced similar Medicaid reforms.
Over the decades, Oregon has built a relatively generous Medicaid program and has been a bellwether for health policy experimentation. Alabama, like most other southern states, has run a barebones program with few optional benefits.
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