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Conn. to expand Medicaid coverage to single adults

June 21, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut will soon receive federal funding to extend Medicaid services to low-income, uninsured adults.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Monday that Connecticut was the first state in the nation to permanently add low-income adults to its Medicaid program under the new federal health care reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act.

Individuals with incomes up to $6,650 per year in Connecticut had been able to receive medical services under a state-funded program, known as State-Administered General Assistance. The new federal law now allows states to receive federal funding to provide the more comprehensive Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to $14,400.

State officials estimate 45,000 adults will be eligible for Medicaid under this expansion.

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