CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan urged the Senate on Tuesday to reverse course and expand Medicaid to an estimated 58,000 poor New Hampshire adults.

The Senate votes Thursday on its version of the state budget for the two years beginning July 1. The Senate budget would study Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act unlike the House's spending plan, which would expand Medicaid.

Hassan and the House included funding to implement the expansion so New Hampshire health care providers would share an estimated $2.5 billion over seven years at an estimated $85 million state cost.

Democrats control the House, while Republicans control the Senate. The issue is the biggest hurdle to reaching compromise on a budget by the end of the month. House Republican leaders held a news conference Tuesday to support their Senate colleagues' budget.

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