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Fact Sheet: An Overview of the Access to Health Coverage Act

November 8, 2013 Health Policy

Introduced at the start of the legislature’s special session on November 7, the New Hampshire Access to Health Coverage Act (SS HB 1), draws heavily on the recommendations of the Commission to Study Expanded Medicaid Eligibility and seeks to craft a New Hampshire approach to extending Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults.

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Fact Sheet: Impact of the Medicaid Expansion by Industry

October 31, 2013 Health Policy, Research

New Hampshire policymakers have an opportunity to offer affordable health care coverage to low-income residents by expanding the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A nine-member commission, created as part of the FY 2014-2015 budget, recently recommended that New Hampshire pursue the expansion and accept the billions of dollars in federal funds that would accompany it. Should the Legislature enact those recommendations, workers in the restaurant, construction, and lodging industries would be the principal beneficiaries, as would the companies that employ them.

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Roy Proposal A Poor Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

September 16, 2013 Health Policy
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In recent testimony before New Hampshire’s Commission to Study Expanded Medicaid Eligibility, Avik Roy, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, presented an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. While many of the details of the plan remain unknown, it seems likely that it would cover far fewer people than the expansion New Hampshire is now considering, would impose unaffordable out-of-pocket costs on participants, and would forgo the economic benefits of accepting billions of dollars in federal funds.

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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.