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Health policy touches the lives of all Granite Staters.  Medicaid alone provides health insurance coverage to 10 percent of the New Hampshire population and constitutes a quarter of the state’s budget; changes to it have the potential to affect thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities across the state.  Health policy has an enormous impact on the state’s economy too, with  health care expenditures expected to represent as much as 24 percent of gross state product within the next 10 years.

NHFPI strives to explain the effects of health policy decisions, both federal and state, upon the New Hampshire budget and New Hampshire residents and to explore changes in policies that could help maintain and improve people’s health, now and into the future.

 

Latest Health Policy Publications

  • Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire and the State Senate’s Proposed Changes March 30, 2018 New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion is an important program with impacts on the state’s public health and economy. Medicaid expansion provides health coverage to approximately 52,000 low-income people in New Hampshire, and more than 90 percent of program expenses have been funded by the federal government since the program began in 2014. Since that time, hundreds ...
  • Reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program April 1, 2016 On March 31, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1696, which would reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Program through the end of 2018. The Senate’s action affirms the approval of the same bill by the House of Representatives on March 9 and sets the stage for Governor Hassan to sign the measure into law. ...
  • NHFPI Testimony Before House Finance Committee in Support of Health Protection Program February 17, 2016 On Wednesday, February 17, the House Finance Committee held a public hearing for HB 1696, a bill to reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program through December 2018. NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch provided testimony in support of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and outlined key benefits to the state and to the ...
  • NH Health Protection Program: Affordable Health Care Coverage for Nearly 48,000 Granite Staters February 4, 2016 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 ...
  • NHFPI Testimony Regarding HB 1696, Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program January 28, 2016 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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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.