Dec 18, 2015 2:10 PM

NH legislative committee votes to increase Medicaid copays

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Medical copayments will increase on Jan. 1 for people on the state's Medicaid expansion plan with incomes higher than 100 percent of the federal poverty line, or roughly $12,000 for an individual.

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee is approving the change, which is necessary for the state's Medicaid expansion to continue as planned. Come January, the state's Medicaid expansion plan will use federal dollars to put more than 40,000 people on private health care plans.

The change puts maximum yearly copays at roughly $600. Copays for inpatient hospital services, including substance abuse and behavioral health services, will be $125. Other services will have much lower copays.

Roughly 5,500 people on traditional Medicaid who make more than 100 percent of the poverty line will also be subject to higher copays.

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