New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion Commission, created as part of the FY 2014-15 budget, met for the first time this morning, selecting its chairman and setting its agenda for the next several weeks.
By a unanimous vote, the members of the Commission chose Jim Varnum, the former president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and the lone appointment of Governor Maggie Hassan, to serve as their chair. The other voting members of the Commission are:
- Senators Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) and Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton), appointed by the Senate President;
- Senator Peggy Gilmour (D-Nashua), selected by the Senate Minority Leader;
- Representatives Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Tom Sherman (D-Rye), appointed by the Speaker of the House;
- Representative Neal Kurk (R-Weare), named by the House Minority Leader, and;
- Dr. Travis Harker, the President of the New Hampshire Medical Society, and Charlie Arlinghaus, the head of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. As members of the public, they were appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President respectively.
The Commission will next meet at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 16; DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas and other department officials are expected to provide an overview of New Hampshire’s existing Medicaid program as well as an update on the implementation of managed care within the program. At the following meeting, currently scheduled for 9 am on Tuesday, July 23, the Commission will review two detailed analyses, conducted by the Lewin Group, of the impact that expanding Medicaid will have on New Hampshire’s budget, economy, and citizens.
Both of the Lewin Group’s reports are available on NHFPI’s Medicaid Expansion resource page, as are other fact sheets and commentary on the subject. NHFPI will update that page regularly as the Commission meets through the summer and as it approaches its October 15 reporting deadline.