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ND Democrats, Republicans focus on Medicaid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2013 at 6:16 am •  Published: January 14, 2013
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Tim Mathern is thanking Gov. Jack Dalrymple for including funding for Medicaid expansion in the state Department of Human Services budget.

The Fargo Democrat is an advocate of the federal health care law. He says he's withdrawn a bill on the matter to allow "proper focus to be placed on the issue."

The Legislature is revisiting whether the state should take part in running a new health insurance marketplace. Lawmakers last session rejected a state-run online health insurance marketplace, a cornerstone of the federal law. Majority Republicans at the time called the insurance exchange too complex and too expensive to put into place.

The Republican governor said last week that North Dakota must make up $93 million over two years in reduced federal funding for Medicaid reimbursements.