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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Democrats have rolled out their own plan for Medicaid expansion in the state, adding yet another proposal to the mix at the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The plan from Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, a Salt Lake City Democrat, would have Utah take the option to fully expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul.

Under President Barack Obama's health overhaul, the federal government is offering to cover most of the costs if states expand Medicaid.

Davis told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1f2W8ab ) that he'll be lucky if his bill is approved by an initial committee.

Gov. Gary Herbert announced his own plan last week that would expand the program by using federal money to get poor people covered in private plans.

Republicans in the House and Senate have presented two other plans.

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SB 272: http://1.usa.gov/1hQnMaN

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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