DENVER (AP) – A Colorado bill to expand Medicaid to needy adults has cleared the state Legislature and awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The governor has already said he wants Colorado to expand health assistance as part of the federal health care overhaul. But he needed the Legislature to make some statutory changes to allow the expansion.

Most Republicans voted against the expansion bill, saying the costs could spiral out of control once the federal government stops picking up the tab for the expanded Medicaid.

The change could add some 160,000 Colorado adults to public health care assistance.

LINK: Senate Bill 200

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