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Key Questions to Consider in Implementing Medicaid Managed Care in New Hampshire

September 21, 2011 Health Policy, Research, State Budget
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New Hampshire’s legislature approved changes to the state’s Medicaid program that require the development of a managed care system. This holds promise for reducing costs and even improving care, but New Hampshire’s previous experiences with managed care and those of other states suggest this may not be easy. Potential savings may be modest and take time to materialize. This Issue Brief identifies some of the pitfalls New Hampshire may face when it comes to implementing a risk-based managed care system for Medicaid patients.

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Tobacco Tax Cut Likely to Lose Millions in Revenue, Leave FY12-13 Budget Out of Balance

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House and Senate lawmakers agreed to reduce the state’s cigarette tax by 10 cents per pack and lower taxes on other tobacco products as part of the two-year budget starting July 1. Based on the latest data available from state revenue officials, this is likely to reduce tax revenue by at least $14 million to $30 million. It now appears that budget negotiators failed to account for any such revenue loss, meaning that the budget for the coming biennium will likely end up out of balance.

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The Senate’s FY 2012-2013 Budget Proposal

June 6, 2011 State Budget
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For the most part, the Senate followed the path laid by the House in its version of the budget, imposing substantial spending reductions across a wide array of vital public services. In broad terms, the budget supported by the Senate would lower General and Education Fund expenditures roughly $240 million or approximately 5 percent. Like the House, the Senate would cut payments for uncompensated care, reduce local aid and curtail support for higher education.

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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.