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Under the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire has the opportunity to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more NH families — improving the health of New Hampshire workers and taking pressure off employers, private insurance and medical providers. Visit here for regularly updated links and information.

Accepting federal funds to help New Hampshire families is important because:

  • Hard-working families need the security of good health coverage to get lifesaving care when they need it without facing huge medical bills.
  • We can save millions of dollars currently spent to treat people without insurance in our emergency rooms.
  • If you or someone in your family lost a job, this coverage would be there while you got back on your feet.
  • The federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs for the first three years and then phase down to 90 percent, where payments will remain under federal law.

Learn why it’s important to extend health protection to low income Granite Staters.


NHFPI Analyses, Testimonies, and Materials

An Overview of the 2014 Health Protection Program (Updated), April 3, 2014

Next Steps for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, April 2, 2014

Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire,  Jan. 17, 2014

Fact Sheet: Impact of the Medicaid Expansion by Industry, Oct. 31, 2013

Fact Sheet: Medicaid Expansion By the Numbers, Sept. 26, 2013

Fact Sheet: Medicaid Expansion in NH, Aug. 31, 2013

Fact Sheet: NH’s Medicaid Program, July 15, 2013

Comparing Medicaid Expansion Proposals (Special Session), Nov. 14, 2013

Roy Proposal A Poor Alternative to Medicaid Expansion, Sept. 16, 2013

Arkansas Approach to the Medicaid Expansion:  Premium Assistance, May 21, 2013

Presentation to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Oct. 8, 2013

Testimony of Deb Fournier, NHFPI Policy Analyst, before the Senate Finance Committee, May 9, 2013

Testimony of Deb Fournier, NHFPI Policy Analyst, before the House Finance Committee, Mar. 7, 2013


Recent NHFPI Common Cents Blog Posts

New Hampshire Moves Forward, Extends Affordable Health Coverage to 50,000 Low Income Residents, April 2, 2014

An Overview of SB 413: Extending Affordable Health Insurance to Low Income Residents, Feb. 14, 2014

Oregon Study No Reason to Change Course on Medicaid Expansion, Jan. 7, 2014

States that Expand Medicaid Ease Pressure on Their Budgets, Oct. 9, 2013

Troubling Health Trends Continue in New Hampshire, Sept. 18, 2013

Maine and Medicaid, Aug. 7, 2013

Coverage Canyon: What Happens if We Reject Medicaid Funds, June 7, 2013


Additional Resources

The ACA and Recent 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers,
The Kaiser Family Foundation, Feb. 2014

The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid,
The Kaiser Family Foundation, Oct. 2013

How States Stand to Gain or Lose Federal Funds by Opting In or Out of the Medicaid Expansion,
The Commonwealth Fund, Dec. 2013

Medicaid Expansion Study Commission Web Site

New Hampshire Can’t Wait:  Statement from New Hampshire nonprofits & businesses, June 4, 2013

Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Care Management endorses extending Medicaid, May 31, 2013

Letter from the NH Insurance Department to the House Finance Committee, March 22, 2013

Lewin Group Report – Part I

Lewin Group Report – Part II, revised

Fact Sheet:  An Overview of the Health Protection Program

Fact Sheet:  An Overview of the Access to Health Coverage Act


Media on Medicaid

NH House approves Medicaid expansion; 202-132 vote sends plan to Gov. Hassan for signature
Nashua Telegraph, Mar. 26, 2014

N.H. Medicaid expansion bill passes House, goes to Governor
Concord Monitor, March 25, 2014

Lawmakers should say yes to Medicaid expansion
New Hampshire Business Review, Op Ed by Tess Stack Keunning, Feb. 7, 2014

Expanding Medicaid is right for NH
Laconia Citizen, Op Ed by Borja Alvarez De Toledo, Feb. 3, 2014

State should take Medicaid money
Nashua Telegraph, Op Ed by Deb Fournier, Feb. 1, 2014

Expanding Access to Health Coverage in NH
Foster’s, Op Ed by Scott Colby, Jan. 31, 2014

Medicaid expansion would provide postpartum help
Nashua Telegraph, Op Ed by Deborah McCarter-Spaulding, Jan. 19, 2014

Medicaid expansion is NH’s greatest opportunity
Foster’s, Op Ed by Abigail Shockley, Jan. 19, 2014

Look at Medicaid with fresh eyes, lawmakers
Concord Monitor, Letter to the Editor by Tess Stack Keunning, Jan. 18, 2014

Time to Quit Balking and Expand Medicaid in NH
Valley News, Editorial, Jan. 13, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Vote Puts Republicans on the Spot
Keene Sentinel, Editorial, Jan. 10, 2014

Medicaid expansion would help my staff, my child care business
New Hampshire Business Review, Op Ed by Patti Harford, Jan. 10, 2014

NH needs more resources for fighting substance abuse
Union Leader, Op Ed by Linda Saunders-Paquette, Jan. 8, 2014

Lawmakers Must Find a Way to Agree on Medicaid Expansion
Concord Monitor, Editorial, Jan. 5, 2014 (subscriber content)

Medicaid expansion: A prescription for better health
Keene Sentinel, Op Ed by Dick Chevrefils, Jan. 3, 2014

Not expanding Medicaid will cost NH
Union Leader, Op-Ed by Dr. Joseph Pepe, President and CEO, CMC Healthcare System, Dec. 31, 2013

No expansion strains access to mental health services
Foster’s, Op-Ed by Jay Couture and Phil Wyzik, Dec. 25, 2013

Expand Medicaid
Keene Sentinel, Editorial, Oct. 22, 2013

Rep. Cindy Rosenwald: We have a good, compromise plan for NH Medicaid expansion
Union Leader, Op Ed, Oct. 22, 2013

Medicaid commission signs off on recommendation to expand in NH
Nashua Telegraph, Oct. 16, 2013

Governor at Medicaid news conference

Health Care Providers Weigh In on Medicaid Expansion
Union Leader, Aug. 28, 2013

Experts Argue Over Cost of NH Medicaid Expansion
Nashua Telegraph, Aug. 14, 2013

NH Republicans Blocking Medicaid Expansion
Boston Globe, July 21, 2013

Director Tells Medicaid Panel Contracts Will Have to be Renegotiated if Expansion Turned Down
Nashua Telegraph, July 17, 2013

Quirk in Health Law Creates Coverage Canyon
NHPR, June 25, 2013

Key Senate vote looms on Medicaid Expansion in NH
Portsmouth Herald, June 5, 2013

Senators Set Stage for Medicaid Fight
Associated Press, May 29, 2013

Just Call Us ‘The Donor State’
Concord Monitor, Editorial, May 29, 2013

Senate Budget Writers Hear Arguments About Medicaid, Other Issues
Concord Monitor, May 10, 2013

Time to Bring Everyone Under the Tent
Op-ed by the NH Nurses Association, Fosters, May 5, 2013

Medicaid Expansion is Good for All Parties
Op-ed by NH Nurse Practitioners Association, Concord Monitor, April 5, 2013

N.H. Medicaid Expansion; State Shouldn’t Waste Opportunity
Valley News, Editorial, March 27, 2013

Some Urge Medicaid Expansion
Valley News, March 22, 2013 (subscription required)

Expand Medicaid to Help Uninsured in NH
Nashua Telegraph, Editorial, March 19, 2013

NH Lawmakers Host Hearing on Medicaid Expansion
Associated Press, March 7, 2013

Concord Monitor Editorial
Sept. 30, 2012



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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.