Montana democrats propose Medicaid expansion hours before of Federal deadline

Date: February 16, 2013||   0  Comments

Legislative Democrats are proposing an expansion of Medicaid in advance of the governor’s proposal to do so.

House and Senate Democratic leaders say their measure kicks off the debate. They said House Bill 458 extends Medicaid to more than 40,000 uninsured working Montanans.

The federal government is offering to pay nearly all of the cost of Medicaid expansion under a provision of the federal health care law. Montana’s share of the cost would be about $5 million, according to early estimates.

Supporters said the influx of federal money would create jobs in the state and free hospitals of uncompensated care costs they pass onto other customers.

Gov. Steve Bullock’s office said it is still working on the details of its plan.

Republican leaders say they are worried about the increased reliance on federal money.
via Billings Gazette

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