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New Hampshire Medicaid expansion population more costly

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire Insurance Department says those covered by the state’s expanded Medicaid program have higher health care costs than other individuals, but it’s not making a recommendation on whether the program should continue.

Medicaid expansion, made possible through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, subsidizes health care for low-income people. New Hampshire’s version of the plan uses federal dollars to put people on private insurance plans, and will sunset at the end of next year if not reauthorized by lawmakers.

On Monday, the insurance department released a report it commissioned on what it cost insurers to cover claims for program participants last year. It says costs for Medicaid recipients were 39 percent higher than costs for others in the individual market after adjusting for age and other factors.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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