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Published February 25, 2013, 12:19 PM

North Dakota House committee approves Medicaid expansion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured North Dakotans.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured North Dakotans.

The House Human Services Committee voted 12-1 Monday to expand the program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The full House is expected to consider the bill later this week.

North Dakota's Medicaid program now covers about 65,000 people a month. If the state expands eligibility, another 20,000 people — mostly adults without children — would be added to the program.

Under the new Affordable Care Act, the federal government would cover the full cost of expanding Medicaid through 2016, with the state's contribution rising in stages to 10 percent.

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