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Expanded Medicaid supporters emphasize role in drug crisis

Supporters of New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program continued to emphasize its role in combatting the state's drug crisis as a bill to reauthorize got its first House hearing Tuesday.

The current program uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health plans on the state's marketplace for about 50,000 low-income residents, but it will expire this year if lawmakers don't reauthorize it. The bill, which passed the Senate this month, would continue the program for five years but change its structure to a managed care model. The plan also would impose new work requirements on enrollees and use 5 percent of liquor revenues to cover the state's cost as federal funding...