Public gets chance to weigh in on Medicaid expansion bill

February 17, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The public is getting a chance to weigh in on a plan to continue New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program.

Senate Republican leaders on Friday released a bill that would continue the program for five years but change its structure to a managed care model. That was the recommendation of a bipartisan commission that studied the issue last year, but the bill also includes new ideas, particularly regarding how the state would pay for its share as federal funding decreases.

Among other sources, the bill calls for using 5 percent of liquor revenues to cover those costs.

Medicaid expansion under former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law subsidizes health care for about 50,000 low-income people. It will expire if not reapproved by December.

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