NH Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Senate has approved a plan to reauthorize the state's expanded Medicaid program.

The current program has put about 50,000 low-income residents on private insurance plans, but it will expire later this year if lawmakers don't reauthorize it.

The Senate voted 17-7 Thursday night in favor of a bill to continue the program for five years but change its structure to a managed care model. The plan also would impose new work requirements on enrollees and use 5 percent of liquor revenues to cover the state's cost as federal funding decreases.

Seven Republicans joined all 10 Democratic senators in voting for the bill, which now goes to the House. Seven Republican senators voted no.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu praised the bill, calling it fiscally responsible New Hampshire plan.

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