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Senate passes Medicaid expansion, sending it to the governor (access required)

Republican Sens. Adam Driggs (left) and Bob Worsley huddle in conversation after the final vote to pass Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The state Senate approved Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan on an 18-11 vote this afternoon, sending it to the governor for her signature.

The Senate's approval of Medicaid and a state budget occurred after the House of Representatives worked into the early morning hours to approve the budget and Medicaid plan, with supporters giving opponents the silent treatment through the entire discussion of the $8.8 billion budget.

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