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Medicaid Expansion in NH: Health Care Coverage for Thousands; Little or No Cost to the State

July 29, 2013 Health Policy

Policymakers in New Hampshire have an opportunity to extend affordable health care coverage to low-income Granite Staters through Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A nine-member commission, created as part of the FY 2014-2015 budget, is working through the summer and into the fall to study the consequences of expanding Medicaid. Evidence recently presented to the commission suggests that Medicaid expansion would benefit roughly 48,000 New Hampshire residents at little or no cost to the state.

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Fact Sheet: New Hampshire’s Medicaid Program

July 15, 2013 Health Policy

Medicaid is a decades-old partnership between states and the federal government that currently provides health insurance to 137,000 low-income residents in New Hampshire. However, its reach is limited. Many hard-working but low-earning Granite State adults are not eligible for the program, leaving many uninsured. This fact sheet explains the current program’s strengths and limitations as lawmakers consider whether to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more low income adults.

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Arkansas’ Approach to the Medicaid Expansion: Premium Assistance

May 21, 2013 Health Policy

As New Hampshire considers the opportunity to accept millions of dollars in federal funds to reduce the number of people without insurance, some policy makers are looking at an experimental approach embraced by the state of Arkansas as it seeks to extend Medicaid to more of its low-income workers.

This issue brief explains the basic framework of Arkansas’ premium assistance proposal, examines the federal standards that will have to be met in order to implement such an approach, and explores some of the issues that must be weighed.

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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.