- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s costs for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are higher than had been projected.

The Department of Human Services has revised its cost estimates from $2.9 million to $8.2 million for the 2017 fiscal year. The agency says actual health care costs are higher than forecast when the state opted to expand the health program for the poor in 2013.

Data show 16,727 people were enrolled in the state’s expanded Medicaid program through December. Officials estimate 20,500 people will be eligible in 2020, which matches original projections.

North Dakota is among 30 states that expanded Medicaid. The federal government agreed to pay for Medicaid expansion through 2016, with the states’ contribution rising in stages to 10 percent by 2020.

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