Republican lawmakers, who blocked the traditional expansion last year in the GOP-controlled Senate, insisted on pursuing the private model. The expansion will cover nearly 50,000 people.
New Hampshire would become the 26th state, including Washington, D.C., to expand Medicaid under the health care reform law after the legislation is passed. Utah and Pennsylvania are also currently working on expansion proposals.
Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) voiced her support in her State of the State speech on Thursday.
‘‘With today’s positive step forward, it’s clear that we can work through this together and help working people access critical health coverage,’’ she said.