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Hearing set to consider expanding Medicaid in NH

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire takes another step this week toward expanding Medicaid to at least 50,000 people.

A legislative hearing is set for Tuesday on a tentative agreement to provide the health coverage as early as July. New Hampshire is one of six states still undecided on whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul.

Under the current deal, about 12,000 people could get coverage before July if they qualify for an existing program that subsidizes employer-based coverage. An additional 38,000 could start enrolling May 1 for coverage that would begin July 1.

If New Hampshire expands the program, the federal government will pick up the full cost until 2017.

The expansion would end when federal funding drops below 100 percent unless the Legislature voted to continue it.

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