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May 13, 2013 5:30 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado Medicaid expansion signed into law

DENVER (AP) - An expansion of Medicaid eligibility that's expected to add 160,000 adults to public health care assistance in Colorado has been signed into law.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the measure Monday afternoon at the state Capitol.

The expansion is part of the federal health care overhaul. Supporters of the expansion say it will reduce health care costs in the long run. But most Republicans voted against the expansion, saying the state's cost can balloon once the federal government stops paying for growing the program.

The federal government covers the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years.

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