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Key committee approves Medicaid expansion reauthorization

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - A key Senate committee is endorsing the continuation of New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion plan after debating whether to fight the federal government for a work requirement.

If lawmakers don't reauthorize the plan, which insures roughly 48,000 people, it will wind down this year. The bill now moves to the Senate floor.

The reauthorization plan makes several changes to the program, including calling for a work requirement for any able-bodied adults receiving the insurance. The federal government has never approved a work requirement; the bill includes language saying New Hampshire's plan can continue even if the requirement is rejected.

GOP Sen. Jeanie Forrester had proposed an amendment to remove the so-called severability language in an effort to pressure the federal government to approve the work requirement. The finance committee is rejecting her amendment.

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