Health
4:59 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Supporters Of Medicaid Expansion Make Their Case To Lawmakers

Due to the large crowd, lawmakers gathered in Representatives Hall to hear from the public .
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

    The public had its chance today to weigh in on the state’s decision regarding Medicaid expansion.

Nearly two dozen people, all in favor of expansion, testified in front of a committee of state lawmakers.

That included Susan Bruce, who lost her husband, and then her health insurance in 2009. Her part-time job offers no coverage.  

Bruce: "It is an odd position to be in. I don’t make enough money to afford to live, really, but I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid as it currently exists."

New Hampshire’s Medicaid program currently insures poor children, the disabled and low income pregnant women. 

Expanding Medicaid would add roughly 60,000 adults that earn less than $15,000 a year to the roles.

Governor Hassan included Medicaid expansion in her proposed budget.

It still needs the approval of the House and Senate, where top Republicans are skeptical of the $85 million price tag.