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Senate candidate calls for Medicaid expansion

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 20 2013 03:33:46 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger is calling on Gov. Steve Bullock to convene a special legislative session to expand Medicaid to another 70,000 residents.
    
The former Republican lieutenant governor said Wednesday in a news conference that uninsured Montanans also should have the option to access state health clinics for public employees.
    
Earlier this year, the Legislature rejected a similar proposal to expand the Medicaid rolls. Senate President Jeff Essmann says the same result is likely if the Legislature meets again.
    
Essmann says the nation's new health-care law and a Medicaid expansion would mean higher insurance premiums and higher taxes.
    
Bullock has previously said he doesn't plan to call a special session "any time soon" to expand Medicaid because Republican leaders such as Essmann still oppose it.