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Hassan optimistic about Medicaid coverage timeline

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan is optimistic poor New Hampshire adults will be receiving coverage by July under a proposed plan to use Medicaid funding to pay for private insurance.

Hassan said Monday the plan still must pass the Senate and House, but she noted it received a positive recommendation last week from a Senate committee. She said she hopes lawmakers will act swiftly so some 38,000 people can begin start up for coverage under the state's Medicaid managed care plan by May 1 and receive coverage starting July 1.

Another 12,000 people would qualify under an existing program that subsidizes employer-based coverage.

The proposal hinges on New Hampshire winning federal approval to use Medicaid funding to buy private insurance for the adults.

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