A Medicaid Expansion That Exceeds Expectations

Washington Times: “New Hampshire is close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state’s newly expanded Medicaid program less than six months after sign-ups began.”

“The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.”

“State officials had expected 30,000 to 40,000 of the estimated 50,000 eligible adults would sign up in the first year either through the state’s managed care program for Medicaid or a program that subsidizes existing employer coverage. As of mid-week, just fewer than 25,300 had signed up.”

“Mary Ann Cooney, associate commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, attributes the high numbers to the education and outreach efforts by her department and others and strong relationships among state officials, community health and mental health centers and hospitals.”

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