New Hampshire Senate approves Medicaid expansion

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New Hampshire Senate approves Medicaid expansion

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed the Medicaid expansion bill that would allow thousands of state residents to keep their health care for additional two years.

Medicaid expansion, which is made possible through the federal government’s health care overhaul law, aims to subsidize health care for individuals making up to 138 per cent of the federal poverty line, or those who earn less than $16,000 per annum.

The state version of the health care plan uses federal funding to provide individuals with private insurance plans. It would have perished this year, but the legislature voted to keep the plan in effect and allow an estimated 50,000 state residents to keep their health care for another couple of years.

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After the House approved the measure, the Senate voted 16-8 on Thursday to pass it. However, the vote also revealed deep divide among senators on the issue.

Arguing in support of the measure, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said, “Nothing’s ever a given. We learn, we improve, we fix. But today, we make sure that 48,000 people have access to health insurance.”

The bill is now heading to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s desk for her signature. The Democratic governor has already expressed her support for the bill, declaring that she will sign it into law once it reaches her desk.

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