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Budget Amendments Hit Uncompensated Care

A series of amendments expected tomorrow from Republican members of the House would take a large chunk out of uncompensated care payments to hospitals. If approved, they would reduce by 29 percent the $164 million the House budget would otherwise devote to uncompensated care.

NHFPI has compiled a summary of the amendments to be considered tomorrow.  Out of 17 proposed amendments, four would divert significant sums away from uncompensated care to offset changes elsewhere in the budget.  Those amendments would:

  • reduce, at a cost of $20 million over the biennium, the proposed cigarette tax rate from $1.98 per pack to $1.88 per pack;
  • eliminate provisions temporarily suspending three business tax cuts enacted under the previous legislature, a loss of approximately $13 million over the course of FY14-15;
  • appropriate $7.2 million for school building aid in FY15, and;
  • increase the cap on county nursing home payments by $6.95 million total over the biennium.

If each of these amendments were adopted, the affect would be to reduce the amount of uncompensated care payments by a total of $47 million over the biennium. For more about the House Finance Committee’s budget proposal as it stands without these amendments, click here.

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Legislature Passes Budget, Now Heading to the Governor

22 Jun 2017

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On June 22, both the New Hampshire House and the Senate passed HB 144, the primary budget bill, and HB 517, the budget trailer bill, as proposed by the Committee of Conference. These two bills allocate and direct funding for the next two State fiscal years (SFY), which begin on July 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2019. HB 144 authorizes and appropriates $11.855 billion for SFYs 2018-2019 for State agencies to use, although the Legislature assumes State agencies will lapse a certain percentage of their appropriations and spend less money overall. This lapse, however, is not included in the amount agencies are legally appropriated in HB 144.