Mar 31, 2016 2:15 PM

NH Senate passes Medicaid expansion, sending to Hassan's desk

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion has been greenlighted to continue for another two years, keeping nearly 50,000 New Hampshire residents on subsidized health insurance plans.

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a bill to continue the plan for another two years, sending it to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk. Under the program, people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line can use federal dollars to buy private health insurance plans. It would've expired at the end of this year without reauthorization.

The upper chamber's 16-8 vote comes after a debate among Republicans, with opponents arguing the plan should do more to ensure recipients are working or looking for jobs. But GOP supporters say the program is good for businesses and will help lower overall health care costs.

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