Woman-with-doctor-marketplace-studyBy AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New Hampshire earned approval from the federal government this month to expand Medicaid and offer health insurance coverage to about 50,000 uninsured people.

“Federal approval of this waiver is another important step forward for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which will help it increase the positive impact that it is already having on our people and our economy,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan.

It took several attempts to create an insurance plan for the uninsured before a compromise agreement was reached. The result is that the uninsured can now enroll in private qualified health plans on the on New Hampshire’s partnership marketplace for coverage beginning in 2016. Medicaid funds pay the premiums.

“The approval of the premium assistance waiver is welcome news as the department continues its efforts to expand access to health care and improve the health and well-being of all our people,” said New Hampshire Department of Health Human Services Deputy Commissioner Marilee Nihan. “It is critical to our health reform efforts, and we look forward to working closely with all of our public health and federal partners to implement the premium assistance program so that we can continue to improve the health of those we serve.”

As of March 17, there were 37,009 people enrolled in the fund, according to the governor’s office.

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