- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah House of Representatives has approved an alternative to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plan.

The Friday morning vote is the latest in an ongoing battle between House Republicans and supporters of Herbert’s Medicaid plan.

Lawmakers voted 56 to 18 to send the alternative Medicaid plan proposed by Taylorsville Republican Rep. Jim Dunnigan to the Senate for consideration.

Dunnigan’s plan covers fewer people and costs more than Herbert’s, but supporters say the future of the governor’s plan is unpredictable.

The governor’s plan was approved by the Senate but rejected in a Wednesday House hearing. Democrats have twice tried and failed to resurrect that plan for a vote by the full house.

Senate leadership said Friday there might be a chance for a compromise between the two Medicaid plans.

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