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Gov Hassan Signs Health Protection Program into LawOn March 27, 2014, after nearly 20 months of analysis, discussion, and debate, Governor Hassan signed into law SB 413, creating the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. Under program, New Hampshire leverages federal Medicaid funds available through the Affordable Care Act in order to expand access to health insurance to low-income residents.  As of March 2016, just over 49,000 Granite Staters were participating in the program; the program is also expected to bring a total of more than $600 million in federal funds into the state economy through the end of the fiscal year 2016.

As originally crafted, the Health Protection Program was set to expire at the end of 2016, unless the legislature acted to reauthorize the program.  NHFPI and numerous coalition partners worked tirelessly throughout the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions to raise awareness of the program’s value to the health and economic stability of individuals and families across the Granite State and of its benefits for the state economy overall.

On April 5, 2016, Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 1696 into law, extending the New Hampshire Health Protection Program through December 31, 2018.  The new law contained a number of changes, which are outlined in this Fact Sheet.

NHFPI continues to monitor the implementation of the Health Protection Program and to serve as a resource for policymakers and organizations dedicated to ensuring it remains a vital element of New Hampshire’s efforts to promote health and economic security for years to come.

This page will continue to be updated with links to NHFPI publications, presentations, and commentary plus news and additional resources. Visit our News page to view related press releases and visit our Extending Medicaid archive page for links to earlier publications, presentations, and commentary.

 

NHFPI Publications, Presentations and Testimony

Fact Sheet: Reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program
April 1, 2016

NHFPI Testimony Before House Finance Committee in Support of Health Protection Program
February 17, 2016

Issue Brief: The New Hampshire Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Nearly 48,000 Granite Staters
February 4, 2016

Comparing the Health Protection Program Reauthorization Proposals – Update
January 28, 2016

NHFPI Testimony Regarding HB 1696, Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program
January 28, 2016

Issue Brief: Striking a Balance: Financial Contributions and Access to Care in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program
August 21, 2014

Issue Brief: Access to Health Insurance in a SNAP
June 4, 2014

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

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

 

NHFPI Common Cents Blog

Reauthorization of Health Protection Program Would Bring Nearly $870 Million into State Economy
January 29, 2016

More Access to Healthcare, But Little Progress on Fighting Poverty
September 18, 2015

‘Healthy Pennsylvania’ Program Offers Lessons for New Hampshire
September 24, 2014

Enrollment for Health Protection Program Begins July 1
June 17, 2014

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

 

NHFPI In the News

House committee approves extending Medicaid expansion
Union Leader, March 4, 2016 (NHFPI quote)

 

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Common Cents Blog

At First Glance, A Growing Budget

10 Feb 2017

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There are many things not yet known about Governor Sununu’s proposed budget. Although the Governor released his specific spending plan ahead of the February 15 deadline set in State law, he is not required to release the companion bill, commonly called House Bill 2 or the “Trailer Bill,” by the same deadline. This bill also requires the time and attention of the Office of Legislative Services, which transforms policy proposals into formal legislation. House Bill 2 will likely include more details regarding Governor Sununu’s proposed restructuring of two State agencies, targeted State aid for full-day kindergarten, and other policy initiatives not solely related to adding and subtracting funding from budget lines.

NHFPI’s 4th Annual Budget and Policy Conference

NHFPI Policy Conference