NH Medicaid Expansion Commission Reviewing State Program

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A special commission exploring whether expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law is right for New Hampshire is looking at what’s in place now.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to review who currently qualifies for Medicaid in the state, the pending change from a fee-for-service payment model for the program to managed care and what program changes require federal waivers.

The department also will discuss what expansion might mean to the program.

New Hampshire’s current Medicaid program covers low-income children, parents with nondisabled children under 18, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The expansion would add anyone under age 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,000 for a single adult.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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