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Advocates Want Medicaid Expansion On Ballots

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After state lawmakers voted against expanding health coverage to uninsured Montanans, advocates are bringing the option of Medicaid expansion straight to Montana voters.

A new committee called the Healthy Montana Initiative is trying to put a measure accepting Medicaid expansion on the 2014 ballot.

The Healthy Montana Initiative is made largely of consumer and healthcare groups.

The Montana Legislature rejected proposals to use Federal money from the Affordable Healthcare Act to expand Medicaid to more than 70,000 Montanans who make too much to qualify for state assistance, but too little to afford private coverage.

A provision of the Federal healthcare law provides the bulk of the money for such expansion.

Many Republicans, including State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, opposed adopting the expansion, based on concerns of what it could cost the state down the road.

"I think having an initiative to expand medicaid is a terrible idea," said Wittich. "It will expand welfare and it will lead to a government takeover of healthcare."

Advocates said they expect voters will endorse expansion because it helps the working poor.

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