New Hampshire governor announces plans to expand Medicaid coverage
NEW HAVEN >> Gov.
Maggie Hassan is pushing to expand coverage for New Hampshire residents who don’t have insurance or can’t afford it, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The New Hampshire Department of Health announced that Hassan has proposed an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to include New Hampshireers who lack coverage and need the coverage because of income or medical conditions.
In 2017, the state expanded Medicaid to 2.4 million low-income people.
Currently, the program covers about 2 million people, according to a state report.
Hassan, a Democrat, said the expansion would help expand coverage to more people and increase the number of people in New Hampshire who have insurance coverage.
She said she believes the program would be a game changer for New England, which has a long history of having Medicaid expansions.
Hastings plan also would expand coverage options to include older New Hampshireans and adults with disabilities.
Hospital emergency room visits would also be expanded to cover certain health services, including inpatient hospitalizations, outpatient care, dialysis and prescription drug treatments, according.
The governor has proposed the expansion of the program under the Healthy New Hampshire Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2017.
The expansion would apply to anyone who has incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $23,550 for a single person and $31,950 for a family of four.
The bill would allow states to choose whether to expand the program, but it requires a three-year waiver from federal authorities.
It also would not apply to Medicaid expansion plans that meet the Medicaid eligibility requirements.
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