Medicaid expansion applications accepted starting July 1; coverage begins Aug. 15


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CONCORD, New Hampshire — Poor adults eligible for health coverage under New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program can begin applying for health insurance July 1.

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday that adults who qualify will begin getting insurance coverage on Aug. 15. Adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty limit are eligible for coverage either through the state's managed care program for Medicaid or through a program that subsidizes existing employer coverage.

The plan lawmakers approved this session calls for using federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults initially signed up for managed care. Federal officials must approve using Medicaid funds for private insurance.

Their coverage will end if federal funding drops below 100 percent and ends regardless at the end of 2016 if the Legislature doesn't reauthorize it.

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