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April 6, 2016 Press Release

ICYMI: Governor Hassan Signs Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Reauthorization Plan into Law

CONCORD: Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan signed legislation reauthorizing New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, which has already expanded quality, affordable coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters.

Signing the legislation into law, Governor Hassan said: “It’s clear that expansion is strengthening the health and financial security of our citizens and we know that reauthorization is also critical to our businesses, our economy and the ongoing battle with substance abuse.”

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(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

See below for a coverage recap:

Associated Press: Gov. Hassan signs Medicaid Expansion bill

New Hampshire’s version of the plan uses federal dollars to put people on private insurance plans. It would have ended this year without a legislative vote to reauthorize the plan. The next two-year renewal now goes into effect.

Hassan called establishing the program “the most significant piece of health care legislation that the state of New Hampshire had seen in decades.”

… Republican leaders in the Senate and House also praised the bill being signed into law.

NHPR: Hassan Signs N.H.’s Expanded Medicaid Program Into Law Until 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Maggie Hassan officially signed the bill into law at the State House.

The room was packed as advocates and supporters came to watch the Governor sign the reauthorization legislation into law.

WMUR: Governor signs Medicaid expansion into law

McElveen: Governor Hassan says the bill she signed today shows the commitment from both sides of the aisle to make it all happen…Governor Hassan also says the timing of this bill was critical in the fight against the heroin and opioid addiction.

Concord Monitor: Hassan makes Medicaid expansion official for another two years

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law legislation that reauthorizes expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire for two more years. With the stroke of her pen, the Democrat put to bed months of legislative debate over whether the state should keep more than 48,000 low-income residents on subsidized health insurance.

Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs Medicaid expansion extension bill

About 50,000 low-income adults will be able to continue their health care coverage for two more years after Gov. Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 1696 into law Tuesday…

Hassan also touted the bipartisan work to produce the compromise legislation saying New Hampshire lawmakers come together to do what is best for the state. “Unlike Washington, we have shown time and again that we are capable of engaging with each other,” Hassan said, “putting arguments aside and coming together to solve problems, leading to progress for our businesses and families.”