Medicaid Expansion supporters testify at a public hearing with NH lawmakers.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Supporters of expanding New Hampshire's Medicaid program to cover more adults say doing so would help low-paid workers who provide health care but who are having trouble getting it for themselves.
Several people testifying at a public hearing Thursday said it isn't right that the home health aides they rely on to care for disabled family members don't have health care coverage themselves. They urged members of two House committees to expand Medicaid to include poor adults in addition to the children, pregnant women and other groups who are currently covered.
If the state decides to expand its program, the federal government would pick up the entire cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that. While Gov. Maggie Hassan backs the idea, the Legislature has the final say.