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NHFPI Testimony Regarding HB 1696, Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

January 28, 2016 Health Policy
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On January 28, 2016, NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided the following testimony before the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee in support of reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

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Comparing the Health Protection Program Reauthorization Proposals – Update

January 28, 2016 Health Policy
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Few issues will occupy the attention of Granite State policymakers during the 2016 legislative session as much as the fate of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. As of December 31, the program served nearly 47,000 Granite Staters, but is slated to expire at the end of this year in the absence of legislative action. Two measures have been put forward to extend the life of the program. HB 1690, authored by Representative Tom Sherman, would make the program permanent. HB 1696, as modified by an amendment offered on January 27 by its chief sponsors, Representative Joseph Lachance and Senator Jeb Bradley, would reauthorize the program through the end of 2018, while also creating new requirements and responsibilities for program participants.

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The New Hampshire Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Over 44,000 Granite Staters

December 10, 2015 Health Policy
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Over the past 18 months, more than 44,000 Granite Staters have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, improving their health and financial security and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state economy. Despite these advances, in the absence of legislative action, the Health Protection Program will expire at the end of 2016. If the Health Protection Program were to end, thousands of hardworking Granite Staters would lose the ability to see their doctor and the security of knowing they can get care when they need it. This Fact Sheet provides a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the program and background data on the people it serves.

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New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage Falls Further Behind

6 Jan 2020

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.