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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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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.