HELENA — The Montana attorney general's office has approved changes to a proposed ballot initiative seeking to expand Medicaid coverage to the working poor.

Attorney General Tim Fox's office in January had rejected an earlier version, citing legal concerns about funding.

Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion approved a revised version Tuesday that states the expansion is contingent upon the Legislature approving funding.

The Secretary of State's office must give its final approval before sponsors can gather signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

Under the proposal, federal money available through the federal health care law would be used to expand Medicaid to people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

An analysis prepared by the governor's office estimates 80,000 people could enroll by 2019.

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