New Hampshire moves ahead with Medicaid plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A special joint legislative committee has approved New Hampshire's application to the federal government to expand the Medicaid program to an estimated 50,000 poor adults.

The Fiscal Committee voted Thursday to approve the Department of Health and Human Services proposed amendments to the state's Medicaid program. The federal government still must approve the proposal before coverage can be extended to the adults.

Hassan called it an important step forward toward implementing the expansion plan.

The plan calls for using federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit. Under the plan, the expansion would end if federal funding drops below 100 percent and would end regardless at the end of 2016 if the Legislature doesn't reauthorize it.