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NH Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Nearly 48,000 Granite Staters

February 4, 2016 Health Policy
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Over the past 18 months, nearly 48,000 Granite Staters have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, improving their health and financial security and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state economy. Despite these advances, in the absence of legislative action, the Health Protection Program will expire at the end of 2016. If the Health Protection Program were to end, thousands of hardworking Granite Staters would lose the ability to see their doctor and the security of knowing they can get care when they need it. This Fact Sheet provides a brief description of the eligibility requirements for the program and background data on the people it serves.

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NHFPI Testimony Regarding HB 1696, Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

January 28, 2016 Health Policy
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On January 28, 2016, NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided the following testimony before the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee in support of reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

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Comparing the Health Protection Program Reauthorization Proposals – Update

January 28, 2016 Health Policy
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Few issues will occupy the attention of Granite State policymakers during the 2016 legislative session as much as the fate of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. As of December 31, the program served nearly 47,000 Granite Staters, but is slated to expire at the end of this year in the absence of legislative action. Two measures have been put forward to extend the life of the program. HB 1690, authored by Representative Tom Sherman, would make the program permanent. HB 1696, as modified by an amendment offered on January 27 by its chief sponsors, Representative Joseph Lachance and Senator Jeb Bradley, would reauthorize the program through the end of 2018, while also creating new requirements and responsibilities for program participants.

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Unsettled Business Tax Revenues Push Surplus Upward, Offer Limited Insight for the Future

7 Dec 2018

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The fortunes of State revenues continue to rise and fall with New Hampshire’s two primary business taxes, which provided positive signs for near-term revenue but have not shown these levels are sustainable. While the two business taxes remained healthy, other revenue sources were relatively flat overall, leaving the State with a revenue surplus entirely dependent on the two business taxes. The lack of growth in other revenue sources combined with the uncertainty around business taxes creates an environment in which it will be very difficult to accurately project revenues for the new State Budget biennium.