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Governor Hassan’s Proposed FY 2014-2015 Budget

March 14, 2013 State Budget

In submitting her proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget to the Legislature in February, Governor Maggie Hassan described it as one that “begins rebuilding” from the steep cuts in spending adopted during previous budget debates. The description is apt, for while the Governor’s budget would significantly improve funding for some critical priorities, such as higher education and mental health services, it falls short in restoring support to other areas central to the quality of life in New Hampshire and to economic security for its residents, such as aid to cities and towns or safety net programs.

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Proposed Database Purchase Costly, Duplicative and Potentially Less Effective than Existing Safeguards

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NHFPI looks at the eligibility determination system and verification protocols currently used to ensure funds for New Hampshire’s Financial Assistance to Needy Families program, Medicaid and Food Stamps are used appropriately. Lawmakers are considering adding a new layer of enforcement. More specifically, HB 1658, presently before the Senate Finance Committee, would require the state to buy or build a new computerized income and identity verification system.

A closer examination of the proposal reveals several potential concerns, including evidence that the proposed database searches are likely to lead to false positives because they flag information that is flawed or irrelevant to eligibility.

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Critical Questions Remain Unanswered in Medicaid Managed Care Contract

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While managed care holds the promise both to improve the quality of care Medicaid members receive and to reduce the costs the state incurs in administering the program, numerous questions associated with the contract must be answered in order for New Hampshire to achieve those goals. This Issue Brief does not offer a comprehensive list of such questions, but instead focuses on two areas: ensuring access to care for Medicaid members and assessing the effectiveness of managed care over time.

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New Hampshire Expands Access to Safety Net Programs and Supports During the COVID-19 Crisis

3 Apr 2020

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Programs such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provide means-tested benefits that help support the basic needs of individuals and families with low incomes. During these times of profound economic instability, assistance to families and individuals living at or near the poverty line, along with those who have experienced sudden large drops in income, is indispensable. Strengthening the safety net, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced temporary changes, beginning April 1, 2020, to certain administrative aspects of these programs at the State level. In addition to other emergency federal and state-level changes to unemployment benefits, the changes to these safety net programs expand access to targeted assistance for individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

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