New Hampshire senators to vote on Medicaid expansion plan

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New Hampshire senators to vote on Medicaid expansion plan

New Hampshire senators are all set to vote on the continuation of the Medicaid expansion plan that provides insurance to nearly
48,000 people in the state.

The program will end this year if lawmakers fail to pass the reauthorization bill. Following a debate earlier this week over the proposal to include a work requirement for recipients, the Senate is set to vote on the program's continuation on Thursday.

Supporting the bill, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said, "This is a bi-partisan plan, it's a New Hampshire plan - it's not Obamacare. It involves 48,000 of our friends and neighbors, many of whom do not qualify for the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. It's helped make a more productive work force."

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The proposed bill makes a number of changes to the program, including addition of a requirement stating that adults must work, volunteer or take part in job training programs for thirty hours a week.

Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, who is running for governor, has been pressing for the removal of the severability language, arguing the federal government should allow the work requirement. She claimed that voters were frustrated because people are getting insurance without contributing to the economy.

The reauthorization bill has already passed the House, and will head to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk if it obtains the Senate's approval as well.

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