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Medicaid expansion plan running out of options

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 16 2013 03:24:25 PM MDT
Steve Bullock
HELENA, Mont. -

House Democrats are making one final pitch for a compromise on Medicaid expansion.
    
Gov. Steve Bullock has made it a priority to extend Medicaid to the working poor.
    
The measure is stalled in the House Human Services Committee. Advocates told the panel Monday night that the influx of federal money will spur the state economy and reduce health care costs.
    
Democrats and some Republicans are offering a compromise that would use the federal money to help low-income workers buy private insurance on the federally-run exchange next year. It promises assistance to those earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 for a single person.
    
Democrats say if the plan is rejected by the House Tuesday, they expect advocates will take the question straight to voters.