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Published April 03, 2013, 11:30 PM

ND Medicaid expansion sent to Senate for vote

BISMARCK – Lawmakers on two Senate committees recommended passing the proposed Medicaid expansion program that would provide insurance coverage to an estimated 20,000 North Dakotans who are currently living without.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM

BISMARCK – Lawmakers on two Senate committees recommended passing the proposed Medicaid expansion program that would provide insurance coverage to an estimated 20,000 North Dakotans who are currently living without.

The final recommendation by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday sends House Bill 1362 to the full Senate for a final vote. If approved, the measure will be sent to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.

The measure passed the House in February by a 57-36 vote and was recommended by the Senate Human Services Committee last week. Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, proposed the bill.

The Department of Human Services estimates that 20,547 people could be eligible for the program while the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, a nonprofit, private operating foundation focused on health care, estimates that as many as 32,000 would be eligible.

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