Senate on Medicaid eligibility

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Several agencies testified at a state Senate hearing on a bill to make more families eligible for Medicaid.

It concerns the Medicaid buy in program. Families of children with complicated medical issues can get coverage, as long as the family's income doesn't exceed specified limits.

This bill would raise the limit.

"What happens is some of those that are really close to that 200 percent federal poverty level are quitting their jobs. They may get a bonus at work and they say, 'I'm sorry, I can't accept that because I can't stay on a healthcare program for my child'," said Vicki Peterson, Family Voices of North Dakota.

The bill would raise the cap from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to 250 percent.