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An Overview of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 413, which created the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.  SB 413 was sponsored by Senators Chuck Morse, Sylvia Larsen, Jeb Bradley, Peggy Gilmour, Bob Odell, and Lou D’Allesandro and uses three approaches to extend affordable health insurance to low-income Granite Staters:

  • the Health Insurance Premium Program;
  • the Bridge to Marketplace Premium Assistance Program, and;
  • the Marketplace Premium Assistance Program.

The table below summarizes each of these approaches along with other key provisions of the legislation.

 

Key Provisions of the 2014 Health Protection Program as Enacted

 

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New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage Falls Further Behind

6 Jan 2020

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.