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Medicaid: A Key Source of Insurance in New Hampshire

April 20, 2011 Health Policy, State Budget

Medicaid serves about one in 10 people in N.H. A look at the families and individuals it serves, its funding structure and the potential consequences of significant reductions to the program.

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House Finance Committee’s FY 2012-2013 Budget Proposal

March 29, 2011 State Budget
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Under the Committee’s recommendations, the state would spend approximately $4.4 billion from its General and Education Funds over the course of the FY 2012-2013 biennium, close to $300 million below Governor Lynch’s proposed budget for the same period and approximately 10 percent less than the $4.9 billion the state expects to spend from those funds and in federal stimulus monies by the close of the current FY 2010-2011 biennium. Accordingly, the Committee’s recommendations, if enacted, would entail either the outright elimination of, or exceptionally sharp reductions to, a wide range of vital public services and programs.

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Testimony on HB1 and the Proposed Closure of NH Healthy Kids

March 11, 2011 Health Policy, State Budget
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On Thursday, March 10, NHFPI Policy Analyst Deborah Fournier appeared before the House Finance Committee to highlight concerns related to the Governor’s proposal to close the New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corporation and to convert its enrollees into Medicaid enrollees.

“It is unclear whether Medicaid, with no managed care contract and no additional staff, will be able to hold a lower per member per month cost constant in the absence of other utilization and care coordination controls,” Fournier said.

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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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