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Health policy touches the lives of all Granite Staters.  Medicaid alone provides health insurance coverage to 10 percent of the New Hampshire population and constitutes a quarter of the state’s budget; changes to it have the potential to affect thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities across the state.  Health policy has an enormous impact on the state’s economy too, with  health care expenditures expected to represent as much as 24 percent of gross state product within the next 10 years.

NHFPI strives to explain the effects of health policy decisions, both federal and state, upon the New Hampshire budget and New Hampshire residents and to explore changes in policies that could help maintain and improve people’s health, now and into the future.

 

Latest Health Policy Publications

  • NH Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Nearly 48,000 Granite Staters February 4, 2016 Over the past 18 months, nearly 48,000 Granite Staters have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, improving their health and financial security and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state economy. Despite these advances, in the absence of legislative action, the Health Protection Program will expire at the ...
  • NHFPI Testimony Regarding HB 1696, Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program January 28, 2016 On January 28, 2016, NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided the following testimony before the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee in support of reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.
  • Comparing the Health Protection Program Reauthorization Proposals – Update January 28, 2016 Few issues will occupy the attention of Granite State policymakers during the 2016 legislative session as much as the fate of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. As of December 31, the program served nearly 47,000 Granite Staters, but is slated to expire at the end of this year in the absence of legislative action. ...
  • Striking a Balance: Financial Contributions and Access to Care in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program August 21, 2014 The State of New Hampshire recently opened coverage for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the state’s public health insurance program for low-income adults. Policy makers are now building the framework for the Premium Assistance Program, which will provide coverage through commercial insurance carriers in the federal Marketplace starting in 2016. Whether to require financial ...
  • Access to Health Insurance in a SNAP June 4, 2014 The New Hampshire Health Protection Program is expected not only to provide affordable health insurance to as many as 50,000 Granite Staters, but also to produce noticeable savings within the state budget. New Hampshire could use data it currently collects and verifies in administering the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to identify and to ...

 

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Reauthorization of Health Protection Program Would Bring Nearly $870 Million into State Economy

29 Jan 2016

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Under current law, the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which provides 47,000 people across the state with access to affordable health insurance, will be terminated at the end of 2016 in the absence of legislative action. Should the program be allowed to expire, not only would thousands of hard-working Granite Staters find it impossible to pay for health care coverage, but the state would forego the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal matching funds that the program now attracts.