Kids’ insurance deal reached in NH

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A special committee of New Hampshire legislators has reached a deal to offer health insurance to more young adults.

The deal – reached Tuesday – calls for the Healthy Kids partnership to create an insurance program for adults up to age 26. Those with incomes below about $43,000 a year and no access to insurance through their parents would be eligible.

Sen. Peggy Gilmour says the program would not cost the state anything.

Supporters say young adults are among the healthiest and least expensive Americans to insure, but many lack coverage. At hearings earlier this year, legislators heard accounts of young adults who got into deep medical or financial trouble because they were uninsured.

The House and Senate must approve the compromise.

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