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Montana became the 30th state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, adopting a model that other red states could pursue to expand the controversial program.

The state legislature passed the expansion earlier this year, but needed a waiver from the Obama administration because the state's Medicaid expansion differs from traditional Medicaid. That waiver was granted Monday.

The waiver ensures that Montana enrollees would have to pay a small part of their premiums and co-pays.

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