NH's Medicaid levels hit historic high

03/19/09 6:34AM

The number of people seeking help from the state-federal insurance program for the poor has hit an all-time high in New Hampshire and is projected to rise even higher.

State Medicaid Finance Director Marilee Nihan said Wednesday that 108,000 people were on the Medicaid rolls at the end of February - about 2,000 people higher than any other time.

She said the state is projecting the number will rise to 119,000 in the fiscal year that starts July 1. She said the number is projected to be even higher the following year when 129,000 people are expected to sign up for Medicaid.

Medicaid covers poor pregnant women and children, disabled adults and children and the elderly poor.

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