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63,000 N.H. Residents Have Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

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An examination area at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon

The federal government released data today on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire.

The big picture is the uninsured rate in New Hampshire is down 43 percent since before the law went into effect. That means 63,000 people have gained coverage in the state through the Affordable Care Act.

About two-thirds of the newly insured bought coverage through Healthcare.gov, and the rest have signed up for the state's expanded Medicaid program, which provides insurance for low-income people.

Republicans in Congress are promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But it's still unclear what might replace it - and how the newly insured in New Hampshire will be impacted.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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