- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The last-standing Medicaid expansion bill in the Montana Legislature has had a second hearing after it stalled in a different committee on Monday.

The Senate Finance and Claims Committee focused on the financial portion of Senate Bill 405 Wednesday. It was referred to that panel after the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee stalled in its consideration of the measure.

Republican Sen. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls unveiled the compromise proposal last week, which would expand Medicaid to low-income Montanans and require they pay health care premiums and co-payments. Enrollees also would be asked to participate in a workplace-assessment survey.

The bill is likely dead if it doesn’t pass through the Senate by March 31.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposal to expand Medicaid was defeated earlier this month.

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