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N.H. House panel recommends expanding Medicaid

The House Finance Committee has voted to recommend that the state House use federal Medicaid money to pay for private health insurance for an estimated 50,000 poor adults.

The committee voted, 15-10, yesterday to recommend a Senate bill that creates a 21⁄2-year pilot program providing coverage to eligible adults if the federal government approves using federal funds to pay for private insurance.

The full House is expected to vote on the bill next week.

Supporters said the bill would improve the health of currently uninsured residents by providing access to affordable preventive and primary care.

Opponents argue the state’s financial liability should be capped to protect taxpayers.

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