NH House GOP concerns could disrupt the permanent extension of expanded Medicaid


The expansion of Medicaid, which provides health insurance to more than 60,000 Granite Staters, may have hit a roadblock from becoming permanent, despite its unanimous support in the Senate and passage last week in the House.

The program, Granite Advantage, will expire this year; it was implemented in 2014.

Concerns from House Republicans prompted a division of the House Finance Committee on Tuesday to vote 5-4 along party lines to recommend that the entire committee keep Senate Bill 263, which continues the program so permanent, for further work.

House Republicans who are unwilling to make the program permanent said they would consider an extension of two to seven years. As of now, lawmakers have only a two-year extension ahead of them in the House budget.

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