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Federal Court Halts New Hampshire Medicaid Work Requirements

July 30, 2019 Common Cents
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In a July 29 ruling, a federal judge halted the implementation of New Hampshire’s work and community engagement requirements for expanded Medicaid enrollees. New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program provides health coverage to nearly 50,000 residents with low incomes. Work requirement implementation had already been delayed by the State due to the potential for nearly 17,000 people to lose health coverage after the first month of reporting under the new requirements.

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State Delays Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements, Citing Potential Coverage Losses

July 11, 2019 Common Cents
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Earlier this week, New Hampshire state officials suspended the implementation of the work and community engagement requirements for expanded Medicaid beneficiaries until September 30. The Department of Health and Human Services had no information on the compliance of approximately 17,000 individuals, which would have meant up to that many individuals would have lost their health coverage starting in early August if they did not provide information and fulfill their required hours by the end of July. With this suspension, coverage losses due to noncompliance with the work requirements would not take place until early December, barring any other intervening policy changes from the state or federal governments or the pending results of legal action.

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Services Funded at Lower Levels than Proposed After Governor Vetoes Budget

July 1, 2019 Common Cents
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New Hampshire began State Fiscal Year 2020 without a new State Budget after the Governor vetoed the Legislature’s approved State Budget last week. In the absence of a State Budget, services are funded through House Joint Resolution 3, which both the House and the Senate passed last week. Services provided by the State will be funded at last State fiscal year’s levels, without additional proposed funding for developmental disability services, Medicaid reimbursement rates, or local public education.

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Increases to SNAP Benefits Would Offset Higher Food Costs and Boost the Economy

30 Jul 2020

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides critical nutritional aid to individuals and families with low incomes, including those who have faced income losses. As Granite Staters continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, aiding those who are most affected and who have the fewest resources will help ensure they weather the crisis while supporting the economic recovery as well. Federal policy actions so far have provided temporary emergency SNAP allotments to recipients, along with extended nutritional benefits to certain children due to school closures, temporarily easing certain redetermination criteria, among other changes. Despite these actions, additional benefits may be needed as more impacts of the COVID-19 crisis become known, and as other supports expire or are discontinued. Additional SNAP benefits would help support Granite Staters who are experiencing food insecurity while providing a boost to the economy.

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