Nearly 9,400 sign up for expanded Medicaid program in N.H.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan says just under 9,400 New Hampshire residents have signed up for health care coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program.

Enrollment opened July 1 for coverage that starts Aug. 15. Hassan said Monday that 9,399 applications were approved as of last Friday.

Adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty limit are eligible for coverage either through the state's managed care program for Medicaid or through a program that subsidizes existing employer coverage.

The plan lawmakers approved calls for using federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults initially signed up for managed care. Officials estimate that up to 50,000 adults are eligible for the coverage.


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