NH lawmakers to rule on continuing the state's expanded Medicaid program
CONCORD (AP) - Even if N.H. lawmakers reauthorize the state's expanded Medicaid program, those working behind the scenes to implement it say the coming months will be hugely complicated.
Since July, adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty limit - about $15,900 a year - have been eligible for coverage either through the state's managed care program for Medicaid or through a program that subsidizes existing employer coverage. If the Legislature allows the program to continue, the state would use federal money to move those who initially sign up for managed care onto private plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
Insurance department officials say that will involve bringing together two complicated systems. The plans will have to meet federal Medicaid requirements while also being designed for other populations.