N.H. lawmakers to consider expanding Medicaid

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are convening in special session Thursday to consider expanding Medicaid to an estimated 49,000 poor adults.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative leaders have been trying to negotiate a compromise to present to lawmakers to consider during the two-week session. A hearing on legislation to expand Medicaid is scheduled for Nov. 12 with a vote scheduled Nov. 21. If no compromise is reached before Thursday, lawmakers may wind up weighing more than one proposal.

Hassan and the Democratic-led House supported expanding the program on Jan. 1 as part of the federal health care overhaul law. A special commission is recommending using private insurance for adults who already have it. The Republican-led Senate would like to use more private insurance than the commission recommends.


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