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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.

 

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  • An Overview of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program April 3, 2014The 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, 2014New 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, 2013Separate 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, ...
  • Fact Sheet: An Overview of the Health Protection Program November 11, 2013On Friday, November 8, Senators Chuck Morse, Jeb Bradley, and Bob Odell introduced a bill (SS SB 1) to be considered in the remaining weeks of New Hampshire’s special legislative session. The bill would create the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and seeks to use federal funds to extend health insurance to low-income Granite ...
  • Fact Sheet: An Overview of the Access to Health Coverage Act November 8, 2013Introduced at the start of the legislature’s special session on November 7, the New Hampshire Access to Health Coverage Act (SS HB 1), draws heavily on the recommendations of the Commission to Study Expanded Medicaid Eligibility and seeks to craft a New Hampshire approach to extending Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults.

 

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Court Rulings Focus New Attention on MET and Its Role in State Finances

16 Apr 2014

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On April 8, the Hillsborough County Superior Court, in response to a lawsuit brought by three New Hampshire hospitals, declared the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET) to be unconstitutional. The ruling comes on the heels of a similar decision handed down in February by the Rockingham County Superior Court in a case involving two rehabilitation hospitals operating in the Granite State. While the Attorney General’s office announced that it will likely appeal this most recent ruling – just as it did with the earlier decision – the situation is likely to prompt policymakers to consider possible responses.

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