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Testimony Before Senate Finance on State Budget

May 9, 2013 Health Policy, Research

I am here to express support for the provisions of the FY 2014-2015 budget that would enable New Hampshire to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds and to reduce the number of Granite Staters who currently lack affordable health insurance coverage.

New Hampshire can extend coverage to 40 percent more people and do it with no net cost to the state, as long as managed care goes forward and the state takes advantage of offsetting savings in other areas. The even better news is that there is the potential for the state to achieve net savings if all savings targets and revenue projections hold.

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The ACA’s Medicaid Coverage Option: An Affordable Way to Insure Thousands of Granite Staters

September 26, 2012 Health Policy

New Hampshire policymakers have the option under the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to adults with annual incomes below $15,000 and to pass the vast majority of the costs onto the federal government. The costs to New Hampshire would be offset in part, and possibly in whole, by savings elsewhere in the budget. By electing the Medicaid coverage option, New Hampshire would be able to lower payments to hospitals for care for the uninsured and potentially reduce costs for mental health, substance abuse, or public health services. In short, New Hampshire would be able to provide health care coverage to at least an additional 36,000 residents, while spending only 2 percent more on Medicaid than it would have otherwise.

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The ACA and the Supreme Court: What It Means for New Hampshire

June 28, 2012 Health Policy
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The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act is great news for New Hampshire families. As the ACA’s provisions unfold over time, New Hampshire families will be better able to afford health coverage and will remain protected from insurance company abuses. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to get free preventive services and our small businesses will continue to get help in paying for coverage for their employees. The focus can now turn to implementing the many cost-containment provisions in the ACA as we aim to make health care more affordable for all.

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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.