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Fact Sheet: Comparing the Medicaid Expansion Proposals

Legislation now before both the House of Representatives (SS HB1) and the Senate (SS SB1) would enable New Hampshire to accept federal funds available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide access to health insurance to adults aged 19 through 64 with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty line.  Each proposal would employ – to varying degrees and for varying periods of time — three approaches to achieving those goals.  Each would expand the state’s existing Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP); allow access to health coverage through the managed care organizations (MCOs) that currently deliver Medicaid services in New Hampshire, and; offer premium assistance to help with the purchase of health insurance through the new Marketplace established under the ACA.  The table below summarizes the key elements of each proposal as well as the similarities and differences between them.

Medicaid Expansion Side-by-Side_Pt1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.