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New Hampshire Senate takes up Medicaid expansion bill

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CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire's state Senate is set to vote on a bipartisan agreement to use federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for thousands of poor adults.

The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the bill Thursday, and it has a good chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled House by early April. Estimates vary of the number of adults who would sign up for coverage. The state believes about 50,000 will enroll while a 2012 study from a consulting group predicted that 58,000 would enroll.

New Hampshire is one of six states that have not decided whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law. Currently, 25 states plus the District of Columbia are expanding and 19 states are not.

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