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In New Hampshire, Medicaid Expansion Becomes Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill setting up a 2 and 1/2 year pilot program to provide health insurance to 50,000 low-income adults. The program will use federal Medicaid funds to pay private insurers.  

New Hampshire Union Leader: Medicaid Expansion Signed Into Law In NH
New Hampshire joined 25 other states Thursday in expanding Medicaid eligibility when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 413 into law. The bipartisan legislation will provide health insurance to 50,000 low-income adults in a two-and-a-half year pilot program using private health insurers paid for with federal Medicaid money (3/27).

The Associated Press: NH Gov Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law
New Hampshire officially expanded its Medicaid program Thursday to cover about 50,000 poor adults eligible for federal subsidies under the health care overhaul law. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state’s economy. New Hampshire had been one of six states that had not decided whether to expand Medicaid under the federal law. ... The state estimates that 12,000 adults could begin receiving coverage in as little as a month under an existing program to subsidize employer-based coverage, while 38,000 others would receive coverage through the state’s Medicaid managed care program starting July 1 or as soon as possible after that (3/27).

Meanwhile, how are the Medicaid expansion decisions by Illinois and Missouri playing out -

St. Louis Public Radio: Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn't. How Are Those Choices Working Out? 
For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children. Then along came the Affordable Care Act (Lacapra, 3/26).

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