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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

  • Reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program April 1, 2016 On March 31, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1696, which would reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Program through the end of 2018. The Senate’s action affirms the approval of the same bill by the House of Representatives on March 9 and sets the stage for Governor Hassan to sign the measure into law. ...
  • NHFPI Testimony Before House Finance Committee in Support of Health Protection Program February 17, 2016 On Wednesday, February 17, the House Finance Committee held a public hearing for HB 1696, a bill to reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program through December 2018. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided testimony in support of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and outlined key benefits to the state and to the ...
  • 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. ...

 

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Proposed Constitutional Amendment Could Distort and Disrupt State Budget Process

17 Mar 2016

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Next week, the Senate will consider a measure to amend New Hampshire’s Constitution to create a new balanced budget requirement. If passed by the legislature and approved by New Hampshire’s voters, CACR 27 would prohibit expenditures in any year from exceeding available revenue and barring policymakers from borrowing to cover operating costs. While such an amendment may have some innate appeal, in reality, it is both redundant and risky.