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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

  • 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 ...
  • An Overview of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program April 3, 2014 The New Hampshire Health Protection Program uses three approaches to extend affordable health insurance to low-income Granite Staters: the Health Insurance Premium Program; the Bridge to Marketplace Premium Assistance Program; and the Marketplace Premium Assistance Program. This summary table outlines eligibility requirements, program duration and key provisions of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.
  • Next Steps for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program April 2, 2014 New Hampshire policymakers recently created the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which will permit the Granite State to dedicate millions of dollars in federal funds, available via the Affordable Care Act, to extend affordable health insurance coverage to thousands of local residents. While the creation of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program required many months ...
  • Fact Sheet: Comparing the Medicaid Expansion Proposals November 18, 2013 Separate bills now before the House of Representatives and the Senate would enable New Hampshire to accept federal funds available through the Affordable Care Act to provide access to health insurance to adults with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Each bill would expand the state’s existing Health Insurance Premium Program, ...

 

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Poverty Falls in New Hampshire, But Not Far Enough

18 Sep 2014

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New Hampshire’s poverty rate dropped considerably in 2013, but still remains above pre-recession levels, according to data released earlier today by the US Census Bureau. While such recent gains on poverty offer reason for optimism, the inability to retake ground lost during the economic downturn should spur policymakers to consider new approaches to aiding Granite Staters struggling to make ends meet.