North Dakota lawmakers might soon decide whether to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured North Dakotans.
Bismarck, N.D. (AP) North Dakota lawmakers might soon decide whether to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured North Dakotans.
Republican Rep. Robin Weisz, of Hurdsfield, who chairs the Human Services House Human Services committee, told the Associated Press that the house may give an "up or down'' vote this week.
Weisz had an informal meeting last week with fellow lawmakers to discuss expanding the program as part of the federal health care overhaul.
Republicans have two-thirds control in both the North Dakota House and Senate. Weisz tells the AP that "the caucus is divided.''
North Dakota's medicaid program now covers about 65,000 people a month. If the state expands eligibility, 20,000 more people would be added to the program.