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Medicaid to Schools: A Small Aspect of Medicaid but an Immense Resource for NH Schools

August 14, 2017 Common Cents
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Medicaid is an important program for many of New Hampshire’s children, and the schools those children attend serve as key providers of medical services for their students. The Medicaid to Schools program, which allows schools to enroll as healthcare providers and receive federal reimbursements for providing Medicaid services, helps thousands of New Hampshire children through a variety of on- and off-site services, ranging from school nurses to speech therapists and other medical specialists. Many of these services are legally required, and the Medicaid to Schools program helps pay for them.

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Revenues Down Slightly in Most Recent Fiscal Year

August 4, 2017 Common Cents
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Following a substantial growth in revenue in State fiscal year (SFY) 2016, the preliminary accrual figures for SFY 2017 have been tabulated and show essentially no change in tax and transfer revenues from SFY 2016 preliminary numbers, and a drop in overall revenues, for the General and Education Trust Funds. These unaudited numbers are subject to change, and the State’s final numbers will not be known until the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is completed at the end of the year. Last year, an additional $20.4 million in revenue was identified in the review process between the preliminary accrual and September 2016, so these 2017 figures are likely to vary in the coming months. However, the figures are not promising relative to the preliminary accrual figures for SFY 2016, suggesting revenue growth may have stalled.

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Demographic Changes Likely to Increase Demand for Medicaid

August 3, 2017 Common Cents
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Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the federal and state governments, helps eliminate or defray the costs of health coverage for certain populations with incomes below certain levels. The cost of providing health care coverage to Medicaid recipients varies dramatically across different groups of recipients. Children, for example, tend to be relatively inexpensive to cover. In State fiscal year 2016, low-income children made up about 64 percent of the participants in New Hampshire’s Medicaid managed care health coverage services, but only accounted for 20 percent of the costs, according to the State’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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Elections Highlight Continuing Questions About Keno Revenue

8 Nov 2017

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While results are still preliminary, Keno gaming appears to have been legalized in seven cities around New Hampshire as a result of Tuesday’s votes. The margin of victory in Rochester for Keno legalization was reportedly only one vote and may still be subject to change or recount, but voters appear to have legalized Keno gaming in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Somersworth. Voters in Concord, Dover, and Keene voted against Keno gaming legalization. Franklin had legalized Keno gaming previously, and the Portsmouth City Council decided to not put Keno on the ballot. Other municipalities, including the City of Lebanon, may make decisions regarding Keno legalization next year. These results have implications for State policy and finances.