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Dems say 3 states get a boost in GOP health bill

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Democrats are pointing to changes in the latest Senate GOP health care bill that appear to help three states represented mostly by Republicans.

The new legislation changes how much money states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor last year would get.

Democrats say Louisiana, Alaska and Montana would gain from the changes.

Those states are home to five Republican senators and one Democrat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to secure Republican backing for the measure.

He needs to nail down 50 of the 52 GOP senators' votes so he can push the measure through his chamber next week.

Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy says the "unfair treatment" under McConnell's original bill would have cost the state $2 billion. His GOP colleague, Sen. Bill Cassidy, says the change resolves a "Louisiana specific issue."

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