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New Hampshire Reaches Bipartisan Agreement On Medicaid Expansion

02/06/2014 03:12 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2014
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New Hampshire emerged Thursday as the latest state that appears poised to expand Medicaid.

The Associated Press reported that after months of private meetings, Granite State Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan deal. The agreement would expand health insurance access to just under 50,000 poor adults.

"The bipartisan nature of this agreement shows what can happen when we work together to focus on the issues critical to the well-being of our state," Senate President Chuck Morse (Salem-R) told the AP.

"At the end of the day, this is about expanding coverage for tens of thousands of mostly working, low-income citizens, supporting our providers, helping our state budget, and helping our economy. Our bill will do all of these things," Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) added.

The Senate's move arrives approximately one month after the New Hampshire House passed the expansion plan, 182-154, in a vote that largely went along party lines. A similar plan fell flat in November 2013.

According to a late January graphic compiled by the Daily Briefing and American Health Line, New Hampshire would become the 27th state, along with the District of Columbia, to expand Medicaid.

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