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NH Governor Signs Bill Expanding Medicaid To Cover Poor Adults

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has now joined states that have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover a group of poor adults eligible for federal subsidies under the health care overhaul law.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the bill Thursday. It will inject hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state’s economy to expand access to health coverage to about 50,000 people.

New Hampshire had been one of six states that had not decided whether to expand Medicaid under the federal law.

The House voted Tuesday to send a bipartisan Senate plan to the governor that uses federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit, about $15,856 a year for a single adult.

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