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Striking a Balance: Financial Contributions and Access to Care in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

August 21, 2014 Health Policy

The State of New Hampshire recently opened coverage for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the state’s public health insurance program for low-income adults. Policy makers are now building the framework for the Premium Assistance Program, which will provide coverage through commercial insurance carriers in the federal Marketplace starting in 2016. Whether to require financial contributions, such as premium payments or cost sharing, from enrollees is a question that requires careful analysis.

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Access to Health Insurance in a SNAP

June 4, 2014 Health Policy
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The New Hampshire Health Protection Program is expected not only to provide affordable health insurance to as many as 50,000 Granite Staters, but also to produce noticeable savings within the state budget. New Hampshire could use data it currently collects and verifies in administering the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to identify and to enroll eligible adults into the Health Protection Program. This strategy will maximize budgetary savings, minimize strains on state resources, and quickly provide affordable health insurance coverage to as many as 27,000 low-income adults.

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An Overview of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

April 3, 2014 Health Policy

The 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.

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Work Requirement Implementation Begins Amid Troubling Signs from Other States

4 Mar 2019

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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.