NH Health Protection Program (Medicaid Expansion)

The NH Health Protection Program (Medicaid Expansion) is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2016, unless it is reauthorized by the legislature and Governor.  As you know, Medicaid Expansion is critical to work that all of us are doing and your help will be needed as we move forward with this endeavor.   Pursuant to federal statute, starting January 1, 2017, the State must cover a portion of the total funding for Medicaid Expansion by the following percentages:

          ·       0% now and through December 31, 2016
          ·       5% in calendar year 2017;
          ·       6% in calendar year 2018;
          ·       7% in calendar year 2019; and
          ·       10% in calendar year 2020 and thereafter.

Because of this requirement, in addition to extending Medicaid Expansion, leaders in the House and Senate will simultaneously be considering how to fund New Hampshire’s 2017 share of its cost.

Some of the funding methods being explored are: an assessment on the hospitals, adding premiums and/or increasing co-pays for enrollees, personal responsibility measures and/or work search requirements.  For full detail of these proposed methods of funding being considered, click here.

How the State will fund Medicaid Expansion is as important as extending the plan and we will be working with all of our partners across the state to ensure that we get legislation that both extends Medicaid and does not do so at the risk of increasing costs to the point where many of its 42,000-50,000 enrollees will no longer be able to afford the good quality healthcare that the rest of us take for granted. 

As we move forward, we will keep you informed as to what you may do to help.   In addition to helping educate and inform your district representatives of the importance of Medicaid Expansion to New Hampshire, if your organization can help now, below is a list of committees that are forming that you can participate in.

          ·       NHHPP Reauthorization Meetings will be held every other week through the end of the year.  The purpose of these large meetings will be to share information & compare notes

          ·       NHHPP Grassroots Team This group will initially meet weekly at a time and location TBD.

          ·       NHHPP Communications Team This group is focused on several elements.  First, they will help create materials, develop calendars; lift up stories of beneficiaris.  This group will meet weekly at a time and location TBD.

          ·       In-District Meetings   5-7 in-district meetings beginning in December and continuing through January.  They will need volunteer lead organizations that will help to identify a location, organize speakers and invite targeted Representatives. 

If you can participate in any of the above committees that would be great! Send an email to info@nhpha.org, and you will be put in touch with the heads of those committees.  As always, the health of all citizens in New Hampshire requires all of us to do our part.   So thank you for whatever you can do to ensure that Medicaid Expansion becomes a permanent part of New Hampshire’s insurance fabric for those who most need it.NH Health Protection EnrolleesDownload the map

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