Senate Democrats urge expansion of Alabama Medicaid program


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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Democrats in the Alabama Senate are urging Gov. Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution saying that Democrats and the one independent member of the Alabama Senate support Medicaid expansion. Senators said Medicaid expansion would provide health care coverage to 300,000 Alabamians.

Senators approved the resolution on an 8-2 vote. While Republicans hold a majority in the Alabama Senate, most republicans didn't vote on the resolution.

The resolution soothed a partisan fight that threatened to derail legislative business for several days.

Republicans approved a resolution last week saying that it was the intent of the Alabama Legislature to not expand Medicaid. Democrats argued that was incorrect since Democrats in the Legislature favor expansion.

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