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New Hampshire Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill

  • A pair of snowmen in Concord lobby the state Senate to pass a bill on Thursday, March 8, 2018, to reauthorize the state's expanded Medicaid program. The current program has put about 50,000 low-income residents on private insurance plans, but it will expire if lawmakers don't reauthorize it. AP



Associated Press
Thursday, March 08, 2018

The New Hampshire Senate has approved a plan to reauthorize the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

The current program has put about 50,000 low-income residents on private insurance plans, but it will expire later this year if lawmakers don’t reauthorize it.

The Senate voted, 17-7, Thursday night in favor of a bill to continue the program for five years but change its structure to a managed care model. The plan also would impose new work requirements on enrollees and use 5 percent of liquor revenues to cover the state’s cost as federal funding decreases.

Seven Republicans joined all 10 Democratic senators in voting for the bill, which now goes to the House. Seven Republican senators voted no.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu praised the bill, calling it fiscally responsible New Hampshire plan.