Deal would expand NH health coverage
Details will be released when the bill is formally introduced next week. Also on board with the plan are Republican Sens. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro and Bob Odell of Lempster, and Democrats Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester and Peggy Gilmour of Hollis.
“With today’s positive step forward,” she said, “it’s clear that we can work through this together and help working people access critical health coverage.”
“Now,” the governor said, “let’s get this done.”
Morse said taxpayers will be protected by including “sunset clauses that will end the program if waivers are not approved or if federal funding drops below 100 percent.”
Larsen, who appeared before the committee alongside Morse, said the bill “will be the culmination of a long bipartisan process among senators to find agreement on expanding health insurance” for low income Granite Staters.
She said “it will be something the state can be proud of. At the end of the day this is about expanding coverage for tens of thousands of mostly working, low-income citizens, supporting our providers, helping our state budget and helping our economy,” Larsen said.
“I think we’ve been very clear that we’ve been meeting to talk about this and the reality is that the next step is to draft legislation and put it though a committee process,” with a public hearing, Morse said.
He said he did not view the plan as an expansion of the Medicaid program, for which the state would have had to have contributed “50 cents on the dollar.”
“If we had been debating that, I don’t think we’d be at this point right now,” Morse said. “What we did go to was a framework that brought in private health care, brought in health insurance policies that pay 150 cents on the dollar and Medicare rates that pay 85 cent on the dollar. Those are all positive things.”
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