The GOP-controlled New Hampshire Senate approved a privatized plan for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday, opening the door for the state to become the latest to adopt the expansion.
WMUR reported that the bill passed 18 to 5. Five of the 13 Republicans opposed the plan, and another abstained. The proposal would use Medicaid dollars to help low-income residents purchase private health coverage, as Arkansas has done.
The Democratic-controlled House is expected to approve the plan, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed her support. About 58,000 New Hampshirites are expected to gain coverage under the expansion.