Less than six months after sign-ups began, New Hampshire is already close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program.
The state's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.
The state had expected 30,000 to 40,000 of the estimated 50,000 eligible adults would sign up in the first year. As of mid-week, just fewer than 25,300 had signed up.
State officials attribute the numbers to strong education and outreach efforts and cooperation among state officials, community health centers and hospitals.