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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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House Fails to Pass State Budget, Process Moves to Senate

6 Apr 2017

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The New Hampshire House, for the first time in recent history, has opted to not pass the State Budget bills, introduced as House Bill 1 and House Bill 2. April 6 was the deadline set by legislative leadership to pass those bills out of the House and move them to the Senate, a day often referred to as “crossover.” The Senate phase of the budget begins after April 6, and the Senate has expressed an intent to move forward with a budget in the Senate Finance Committee. However, with no House Bill 1 or House Bill 2 crossing over, the Senate has to forge an alternative path to debate and amend the budget.