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Testimony Before Senate Finance on State Budget

May 9, 2013 Health Policy, Research

I am here to express support for the provisions of the FY 2014-2015 budget that would enable New Hampshire to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds and to reduce the number of Granite Staters who currently lack affordable health insurance coverage.

New Hampshire can extend coverage to 40 percent more people and do it with no net cost to the state, as long as managed care goes forward and the state takes advantage of offsetting savings in other areas. The even better news is that there is the potential for the state to achieve net savings if all savings targets and revenue projections hold.

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The ACA’s Medicaid Coverage Option: An Affordable Way to Insure Thousands of Granite Staters

September 26, 2012 Health Policy

New Hampshire policymakers have the option under the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to adults with annual incomes below $15,000 and to pass the vast majority of the costs onto the federal government. The costs to New Hampshire would be offset in part, and possibly in whole, by savings elsewhere in the budget. By electing the Medicaid coverage option, New Hampshire would be able to lower payments to hospitals for care for the uninsured and potentially reduce costs for mental health, substance abuse, or public health services. In short, New Hampshire would be able to provide health care coverage to at least an additional 36,000 residents, while spending only 2 percent more on Medicaid than it would have otherwise.

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The ACA and the Supreme Court: What It Means for New Hampshire

June 28, 2012 Health Policy
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The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act is great news for New Hampshire families. As the ACA’s provisions unfold over time, New Hampshire families will be better able to afford health coverage and will remain protected from insurance company abuses. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to get free preventive services and our small businesses will continue to get help in paying for coverage for their employees. The focus can now turn to implementing the many cost-containment provisions in the ACA as we aim to make health care more affordable for all.

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Elections Highlight Continuing Questions About Keno Revenue

8 Nov 2017

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While results are still preliminary, Keno gaming appears to have been legalized in seven cities around New Hampshire as a result of Tuesday’s votes. The margin of victory in Rochester for Keno legalization was reportedly only one vote and may still be subject to change or recount, but voters appear to have legalized Keno gaming in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Somersworth. Voters in Concord, Dover, and Keene voted against Keno gaming legalization. Franklin had legalized Keno gaming previously, and the Portsmouth City Council decided to not put Keno on the ballot. Other municipalities, including the City of Lebanon, may make decisions regarding Keno legalization next year. These results have implications for State policy and finances.