The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to expand health insurance coverage to all public colleges and universities.
The bill, which is expected to pass in the upper chamber on Wednesday, would give federal workers more access to coverage than their current Medicare coverage.
The measure would allow workers at universities, community colleges and other institutions to join a health plan, and it would allow employers to make health insurance payments to employees who are enrolled in a health insurance plan.
The Senate voted 96-1 along party lines, with Democrats joining the Republicans in opposing the measure.
The Senate passed the measure in May, but Republican senators in the House refused to pass it because of opposition from the business community and some conservative members.
“This bill does what it says on the tin, and I think it’s great,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said during a Senate floor vote Tuesday night.
Schumer, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), were among a handful of senators who voted against the health care bill last month because they feared that it would not provide enough coverage to the roughly 14 million workers who would be enrolled in the program by 2026.
The vote was also a victory for the Obama administration, which had argued that allowing more people to enroll in the Affordable Care Act would make it more cost-effective for the government to provide coverage to everyone.
Republicans also voted to extend federal funding for community colleges for two years, to help them to continue expanding enrollment and to help fund higher education.
Democrats are still fighting to save the measure from being struck down in the courts.
The law has not been enforced since it was passed in 2010.
The Department of Education said Tuesday that it was reviewing whether it can make changes to the health insurance program and would provide more information to the public.
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