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June 19, 2013

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Pat’s Peak is expanding this summer, with the installation of a new triple chairlift and addition of four new trails and a glade.

Ski NH is giving the Patenaudes the award named for the late H.H. “Bill” Whitney, who owned Black Mountain Ski Area in Jackson.

Whitney is credited with creating one of the first overhead ski lifts in the East.

NH House offers new Medicaid expansion plan

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Democratic-led House budget negotiating team is proposing a new plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law that would commit the state for three years only.

The House team would establish a commission sought by the Republican-led Senate, but the commission must present a plan to the August meeting of a joint legislative committee for approval. If the joint committee fails to approve a plan by Sept. 1, the state will expand Medicaid for three years — the time the federal government has promised to pay 100 percent of the costs.

The commission would be tasked with developing a plan to assign people eligible for Medicaid either to subsidized private employer insurance or Medicaid.

Either way, Medicaid would be expanded Jan. 1.

Shaheen, Ayotte introduce export bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are teaming up to help small businesses make the most of their export opportunities.

The senators on Tuesday reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act, which is aimed at cutting down on bureaucratic hurdles and giving businesses more exporting assistance.

The senators say the bill builds on the feedback they received from New Hampshire businesses during a field hearing two years ago, and includes provisions that will improve coordination between state and federal resources and will require the Small Business Administration to hold outreach events in each state.

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