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Senate Finance Committee Budget Restores Stabilization Grants, Boosts Medicaid Rates, and Sends One-Time Aid to Local Governments

June 3, 2019 Common Cents
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The Senate Finance Committee completed work on its version of the State Budget Friday, May 31, proposing to send unrestricted aid to local governments in a one-time fashion and restore the original stabilization grant amounts to communities for public education. The Senate Finance Committee modified the House Budget proposal to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates, while reducing the amount of local public education funding proposed by the House and adding funding for a secure psychiatric facility. The Committee’s budget also includes substantial policy changes based upon bills previously passed by the Senate and included or modified in a form contingent on those bills being signed into law independently.

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House Finance Committee Budget Boosts Education and Health Funding

April 5, 2019 Common Cents
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The House Finance Committee passed its version of the State Budget on Wednesday, April 3, recommending the full House adopt a plan to send significantly more money to local governments for education aid and add funding for State health services. The plan would fund these increases by using the current State surplus revenue in the State operating budget and expanding existing revenue sources while retaining added revenues proposed by the Governor. The Committee removed many of the Governor’s recommendations for one-time uses of surplus dollars and deployed most of those funds for budgeted services throughout the biennium. The House is scheduled to vote on the House Finance Committee’s amendment to the budget on April 11.

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Work Requirement Implementation Begins Amid Troubling Signs from Other States

March 4, 2019 Common Cents
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Implementation of the work and community engagement requirements for Medicaid expansion enrollees officially began March 1, with June as the first month requiring non-exempt enrollees to have 100 hours of qualifying activities. The flexibility within New Hampshire’s current rules permits enrollees to use a subsequent month to fulfill their required hours, and certain individuals are exempt from the requirements; however, individuals could lose health care coverage for not fulfilling the work and community engagement reporting requirements as early as August.

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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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