President Johnson signs Medicare and Medicaid bill in 1965. Photo: Associated Press

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is garnering plenty of criticism as it enters its third open enrollment period, there is at least one provision of the landmark health law that many of the law’s critics may soon be forced to embrace: the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid

Montana became the 30th state to take part in the expansion on Monday, when the Obama administration approved the state’s request for the additional federal funds, which will guarantee coverage for those living up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. 

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