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Bullock says Medicaid expansion still makes sense

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 15 2013 02:35:04 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 06:38:28 PM MST
Health Generic Blurb

2. Families making less than 133 percent of the poverty line -- that's about $29,000 for a family of four -- will be covered through Medicaid.

HELENA, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock says an expansion of the state's Medicaid rolls would have brought some assurances amid the turmoil surrounding the health-care law's rollout.
    
The governor earlier this year backed a plan to expand Medicaid to the working poor earning less than 138 percent of the poverty level. He was opposed by Republican legislative leaders.
    
The U.S. government would have paid for most of the expansion as part of the federal health-care law's effort to get everyone covered.
    
Bullock says his opinion is unchanged by the problems in the implementation of other aspects of the health-care law. He says Medicaid expansion would have ensured coverage for thousands.
    
Republican Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich says "doubling down on Medicaid" would make things worse and expose the state to future costs.