On 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
Issue Brief: Access to Health Insurance in a SNAP
June 4, 2014
NHFPI Common Cents Blog
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
NHFPI In the News
House committee approves extending Medicaid expansion
Union Leader, March 4, 2016 (NHFPI quote)