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Published April 09, 2013, 05:08 PM

ND Legislature approves Medicaid expansion bill

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured residents of the state.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured residents of the state.

The Republican-led chamber approved the bill 33-14. The House approved the measure 57-36 in February.

The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who hasn't said anything to indicate he would veto the measure. If signed into law, more than 20,000 people would be added to Medicaid.

Under the new Affordable Care Act, the federal government would cover the full cost of expanding Medicaid through 2016, with the state's contribution rising in stages to 10 percent.

Several Republican lawmakers in both chambers testified that they don't like the new federal law championed by President Barack Obama. But they say it's in the best interest of the state to accept it.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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