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Published April 17, 2013, 09:58 AM

Gov. Dalrymple: Medicaid expansion has benefit

BISMARCK — Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the benefits of expanding Medicaid coverage in North Dakota can't be overlooked.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK — Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the benefits of expanding Medicaid coverage in North Dakota can't be overlooked.

Dalrymple signed legislation Tuesday to expand Medicaid to cover more than 20,000 uninsured residents of North Dakota. The governor says the bill makes available up to $150 million in health care coverage for those people.

The federal government has agreed to pay 100 percent of the cost for newly insured Medicaid recipients through 2016, with the state's contribution rising in stages to 10 percent.

Medicaid expansion is a component of the federal Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack Obama. The Legislature reluctantly voted last week to expand Medicaid and sent the bill to the governor.


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