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GOP leaders call for continuation of Medicaid expansion

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A Republican plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for recipients and relies on insurance companies and hospitals to pay the state's share of the costs.

More than 45,000 people are now receiving insurance under Medicaid expansion, passed in New Hampshire in 2014. But the program will sunset at the end of the year, when federal funding drops below 100 percent, if lawmakers don't reauthorize it.

A bill proposed by Republican lawmakers outlines work requirements of up to 30 hours per week of employment or other activities such as community service or job training. But the plan needs federal approval, and no other states have been given the OK for such requirements.

A public hearing will be held on the bill Thursday morning in Concord.

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