Considerably more people in North Dakota would be able to get benefits from Medicaid if a House committee has its way.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Considerably more people in North Dakota would be able to get benefits from Medicaid if a House committee has its way.
By a vote of 12-1 Monday, the Human Services Committee supported expanding 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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