- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire has made an important commitment to its people and economy by expanding Medicaid coverage and says continuity and predictability must be preserved.

In her inaugural address Thursday, the second-term Democrat noted that more than 30,000 people have signed up for Medicaid coverage since July and called on lawmakers to not let the program expire.

Though Republicans helped craft the compromise expansion plan, some want to repeal it. And coverage ends at the end of 2016 if the Legislature doesn’t reauthorize it.

Hassan says the expansion means young people won’t end up bankrupt from one accident or illness. The expansion covers anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.

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