AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have endorsed a final attempt by Democrats this session to expand health care coverage to more than 70,000 low-income residents.

Under the new proposal, the state would expand Medicaid coverage for one year while seeking a waiver from the federal government.

With a waiver, the state could use the funds to cover roughly 55,000 people in private plans on the federal exchange. Another 15,000 people would remain in the Medicaid program.

The Democratic-led House voted 95-52 for the bill Thursday. The Senate followed with a 19-14 vote. But the support falls short of the two-thirds majority the bill would need to survive a near-certain veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The bill now faces final votes in both chambers.

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