House GOP leader criticizes plan to revive Medicaid expansion in NH
“House Democrats have again chosen to ram this significant policy change through with little or no debate,” Chandler, R-Bartlett, said of a weekend announcement by Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth.
After a commission studied the issue throughout the summer, the Democratic-controlled House passed a Medicaid expansion bill during a special session on Nov. 21, but it was killed by the Republican-controlled Senate.
“Without question, the single most important thing we must accomplish as soon as possible is expanding access to health care to 58,000 men, women and children across our state,” she wrote.
She continued, “With nearly all of the northeastern states engaging in Medicaid expansion, we put our state at a competitive disadvantage (and a loss of $500,000 per day) by refusing to participate in the program.”
He wrote that the House “will be asked to vote on an amendment we haven’t even seen or been able to review. There will be no public hearing or opportunity for public input.
“Why this surprise amendment is even necessary is beyond me,” continued Chandler. “Democrats will have a bill in the 2014 session that will address the same issue, and we will have an opportunity to thoroughly debate the merits of the policy.
“There are many issues and questions still unanswered regarding Medicaid expansion,” he wrote.
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