GOP Lawmakers to Outline Plan to Continue Medicaid Expansion

Jan 27, 2016


Jeb Bradley
Credit NHPR

Republican lawmakers' plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for people receiving the insurance and proposes a way to pay for the state's share of the program without charging taxpayers.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will outline the proposal Wednesday alongside several advocacy groups in advance of a public hearing the next day.

More than 40,000 people are now receiving insurance under Medicaid expansion, passed in New Hampshire in 2014. The program is set to sunset at the end of 2016, when federal funding drops below 100 percent, if lawmakers don't reauthorize it.

The state's share of costs would be covered with money from the insurance premium tax and the Medicaid enhancement tax, levied on hospitals. Recipients would also be asked to pay premiums.